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Legion member Andrew VonVogt folds the flag that was flying outside

the Legion before a new one was raised Saturday, June 15. That flag was

retired with the rest by being burned. Sean Hastings/22nd Century Media

‘I want to ride

my bicycle’

Children get bike safety

lessons from police, local

bike shop owners, Page 4



Board approves

new developments after

negotiations, Page 6

Bye, bye board

Long-time library board

member leaving after 34

years, Page 7

New Lenox American Legion Post 1977 members retire old, tattered flags

at flag retirement ceremony Saturday, June 15, Page 3

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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



Village Board Meeting

7 p.m. Monday, June

24, 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


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

6:30-7:30 p.n. Wednesday,

June 26. 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



Movie Night

8:30 p.m. Wednesday,

June 26, New Lenox Village

Commons, 101 Veterans

Parkway. Come out and

watch The Little Mermaid

(G) with special activities

prior to the movie as part of

the Wednesday Night Movie

series in the Commons


Pop up Park Party

6-7:30 p.m. Thursday,

June 27, Check it out. Join

us each night as we have a

Pop-Up Party. Popcorn and

lemonade will be available

(while supplies last) along

with music and games, so

bring the whole family. We

won’t reveal the park we

will be at until a week before

the party, so stay tuned

to our Facebook page and

here on our website to find

out the locations of the parties.

Stevens Puppets presents

The Wizard of Oz

10:30-11:15 a.m. Saturday,

June 29, New Lenox

Public Library 120 Veterans

Parkway. For ages 2 -

12, Stevens Puppets bring

the Wizard of Oz tale to life

with artfully hand-carved

wooden marionettes and a

musical score you are sure

to be humming all the way


Movie Night

8:30 p.m. Wednesday,

July 3, New Lenox Village

Commons, 101 Veterans

Parkway. Come out and

watch The LEGO Movie 2

(PG) with special activities

prior to the movie as part of

the Wednesday Night Movie

series in the Commons.

Rib Cook-Off

8 a.m.-5 p.m.. Saturday,

July 13, New Lenox Thomas

E. Hartung American

Legion Post 1977, 14414

Ford Drive. Come out and

have smoked pulled pork

sandwiches for $5, drinks

and help raise money for

the Manteno Veteran’s

Home. All ages welcome

and event is free to attend.



5:30-7 p.m. Thursdays,

Guy Sell Building, 1090 S.

Cedar Road, New Lenox.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly,

TOPS, is a non-profit

weight loss support group.

It is free to try. For more information,

call (815) 534-


American Legion Riders


11 a.m. Sundays. American

Legion Thomas Hartung

Post 1977, 14414

Ford Drive, New Lenox.

American Riders supports

veterans, children and communities

across the world.

Members of the American

Legion, American Legion

Auxiliary or Sons of

the American Legion are

eligible. For more information

visit americanle

Chess Club

10 a.m. Thursdays, New

Lenox Public Library, 120

Veterans Parkway, New

Lenox. Group meets on

the second floor, southwest

side until after noon. Open

to anyone, from beginner to

master, who enjoys playing

chess. For more information,

call (815) 485-7425.

Happy Books, Happy Cooks

7-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays,

New Lenox Public


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Library, 120 Veterans Parkway,

New Lenox. Children

ages 3-8 will hear a story

and make a simple snack.

Please inform staff of any

food allergies during registration.

Registration is for

the full six-week session.

For more information, visit

Vet Breakfast

6:30- 8 a.m. Mondays.

Gina’s Teardrop Cafe, 826

W. Laraway Road, New

Lenox. Gina’s Teardrop

Cafe are offering a free veteran’s

breakfast on the last

Monday of every month to

salute the service of local


Writers Club

6-7:45 p.m. First and

third Wednesday of every

month, New Lenox Public

Library, 120 Veterans

Parkway, New Lenox. All

are welcome to discuss his

or her writing with others.

For more information, visit

Stroke Support Group

4-5 p.m. second and

fourth Wednesday of each

month, Silver Cross Hospital

Conference Center,

1890 Silver Cross Blvd.,

New Lenox. Stroke survivor’s

family members and

caregivers are welcome

to attend the Silver Cross

Neuroscience Institute’s

Stroke Support Group.

First time participants

should visit

to register. news

the new lenox patriot | June 20, 2019 | 3

Thousands of flags retired in honor of Flag Day

Sean Hastings, Editor

Once a year, the New

Lenox Thomas E. Hartung

American Legion Post

1977 retires old, tattered


The Legion retired

roughly 2,500 flags Saturday,

June 15 at the Post,

which weighed every bit

of 400 pounds. Flags are

burned for their proper retirement

to officially “finish

their service,” members

of the Legion said. It

is similar to a soldier who

gave their all to the country.

Flags should be burned

or buried if they become


“When you burn it, it

gave everything it had and

now there is nothing left,”

Legion Commander Dan

Drzymalla said. “If you

throw it in the garbage, you

don’t know what happens

to it. Maybe it ends up in

a landfill, maybe it falls off

the truck and is on the side

of the road.”

Prior to the flags being

retired, the Legion also

changed the flag that flies

outside and held a small

ceremony for that as well.

The flag outside of the

Legion gets changed at least

six times a year, Drzymalla

said. With the wind, rain and

other weather it endures, it

gets damaged easily.

A ceremony is not usually

held for the taking

down and putting up of a

flag, though. Typically they

would come out and change

the flag on Flag Day, but

Drzymalla thought they

would try something different

this year with the


The POW-MIA flag that

files outside of the Legion

was also taken down, replaced

and retired with the

rest of the flags that were

dropped off throughout the


As one of the Legion

members grabbed a flag

out of the bin, it was torn so

bad it looked like it was a

set of streamers. And with a

bit of a laugh, said “finally

decided to take this one

down, huh?” and gave it its

proper retirement.

A majority of the flags

were American Flags, but

some others were POW-

MIA flags and military

branch flags.

With so many flags needing

retiring, Drzymalla said

it would be likely, as in recent

years that they would

have to come out the next

day and finish.

Although the Legion

like many other organizations

hold flag retirement

ceremonies for Flag Day,

anyone is allowed to retire

their own flags as long as it

is done in the proper and respectful

way. It should also

be done in a private place

and be a dignified event.

Some members of the

community stopped by to

watch the ceremony as well

as drop off their old flags.

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Members of the New Lenox Thomas E. Hartung American Legion salute as a flag is

taken down to be retired at the flag retirement ceremony Saturday, June 15 at the

American Legion. Sean Hastings/22nd Century Media

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New Lenox children learn keys to bike safety

Lee Cruz, Freelance Reporter

Children developed

physical skills and learned

about safety for bicycle

riding during the Bike Rodeo

event at Walker Country

Estates Park, June 9.

The occasion was hosted

by the New Lenox Park

District with assistance

from the New Lenox Police

Department and New

Lenox-based shop, FnA


Park District Recreation

Supervisor Tracy Wrase

helped the participants fortify

their physical skills on

a bicycle by guiding them

through an obstacle course

of street cones. The children

learned technique for

how to safely maneuver

around objects that might

unexpectedly fly out in

front of them. She also

recognized that some of

the participants often used

their shoes to slow down

or stop their bicycles, so

she advised them to use

their brakes instead in order

to reduce wear on their

shoes and more importantly,

prevent injuries.

Technical expertise was

shared by Stacie and Ron

Kittler, co-owners of FnA

Outdoors, a shop that sells

and services bicycles,

kayaks and paddleboards.

They ensured the participants’

equipment met

high-quality standards.

Ron also worked individually

with the children

who are still learning how

to ride a bicycle without

training wheels, teaching

them skills through the use

of a balance bike. A balance

bike does not have

pedals or training wheels,

and is intended to help a

child concentrate on gaining

skills for balancing and

steering a bicycle, which

are fundamental skills

worth acquiring before

learning more complex

ones such as pedaling.

“A balance bike is intuitive,”

Ron said. “As long

as a child is mobile and

has pretty decent balance

walking, they can get right

on them.”

Although the Kittlers

firmly advocate learning

how to ride a two-wheeler

by using a balance bike,

they still feel that children

can learn how to ride one

relatively quickly by using

a traditional bike. They

recommend first learning

how to balance and steer

a bicycle down a short

grassy hill without touching

the pedals, and then

building confidence in

those skills before transitioning

to using pedals and

riding on pavement.

“If you take pedaling out

of the equation, they learn

a lot quicker,” Ron said.

“Sure, everybody learns

how to ride at their own

pace, but sometimes kids

learn in as quickly as 15-

20 minutes.”

The Kittlers also believe

that sometimes it is challenging

for children to

learn how to ride a bicycle

when their parents are visibly

present, because they

might not be focused on

the task at hand or they

may be looking for some

sort of direction or response

from their parents.

“I think sometimes the

children might even pick

up their parents’ anxiety,”

Stacie said, who also

serves as a school social


Police Officer Paul Simon,

whose role includes

serving as a school resource

officer, held friendly,

educational conversations

with the participants

about bicycle safety. He

displayed street signs for

the children, quizzed them

on what they represent and

explained each one in detail.

He strongly advised the

children to always calmly

take their time in carrying

out measures to help ensure

their safety, such as

not speeding up when they

encounter a yellow light,

walking their bike across

the street and continually

looking both ways when

crossing a railroad or a


Simon also distributed

a bicycle safety checklist

created by the National

Crime Prevention Council.

The handout highlighted

suggested actions such as

riding with a friend, wearing

bright clothes that

others can see, wearing a

helmet, looking both ways

for traffic and obeying the

rules of the road.

It also furnished recommended

standards for ensuring

the bicycle itself is

safe for use, such as making

certain the wheels have

no loose or broken spokes,

the tires are firm and have

no cracks, the seat is secure,

the front and rear reflectors

are easy to see, the

brakes work smoothly and

quickly, the handlebars are

tight and have grips, and

the chain is tight and functions


In his role as a school

resource officer, Simon

has noticed that parents

in New Lenox are doing

an impressive job with

educating their children on

safety on school grounds.

“In this capacity of my

position, it’s mostly about

mentoring, making good

choices and being safe,

Simon said. “It does seem

that the children in the area

are cognizant of some of

the main safety issues on

the street. Their parents

are teaching their kids that

information for the most

part. I am more than happy

Ron Kittler instructs Sammy Kolacek through the use of a balance bike at the New

Lenox Park District’s Bike Rodeo, June 9 at Walker Country Estates Park.

Lee Cruz/22nd Century Media

to reinforce all of that.”

It is away from the

school setting that the

Kittlers commonly notice

bicyclists not practicing

sound safety habits. In

particular, they frequently

observe riders not wearing


“That needs to change,”

Ron said. “We really need

to make an impact with

that. Community programs

like this event can help out

a huge deal.”

He added that cyclists

should consider using a

helmet that is equipped

with a multi-directional

impact protection system

technology, which is engineering

that allows the helmet

to move slightly when

hit in order to reduce the

force of impact.

“Parents often don’t

know about these little

things, and it can be a major

deal,” he said.

Wrase said the park district

added this event as

part of its growing programming

initiatives related

to safety. Last month

it teamed up with the police

and fire departments

to conduct car seat safety

checks for parents at the

Touch-a-Tuck event.

“Our park district is big

on safety, in general. We

do a lot of things internally

to work on safety, but we

want to make sure that externally

our participants

and staff are also safe,” she

said. “That’s our number

one priority.”

Wrase appreciated the

service that officer Simon

offered to the program.

She noted that his presence

at occasions such as

this and the Touch-a-Truck

event help the police department

with building

healthy, trusting relationships

with the community,

including children at a

very young age.

“I always want to build

more positivity for the department,”

she said.

Wrase was also grateful

for the expertise that

the Kittlers brought to the

event. She talked at length

about how attentive to detail

they are in aiding the

children to properly fit and

position their helmets, adjust

their seats, inflate their

tires and determine whether

or not they need a taller


She is also aware that

they have contributed their

service to similar kinds of

activities with large groups

of Girl Scouts and Boy


“Ron is kind of like our

bike guru,” Wrase said.

“He knows anything and

everything about the bike,

and how to keep a kid safe

on it.” news

the new lenox patriot | June 20, 2019 | 5

New Lenox girls meet with mayor about allowing chickens

Sean Hastings, Editor

Instead of taking their

frustrations, thoughts and

opinions to Facebook, two

11-year-old girls wrote a

thought-out letter to Mayor

Tim Baldermann and set

up a meeting with him.

Annabelle Dulek and

Ellie Trench both love

chickens and were hoping

to be able to have their

own coups at home. New

Lenox’s current laws prohibit

people from having

chickens in incorporated

New Lenox.

The girls did not get the

news they hoped for from

Baldermann, but he and

the girls’ mothers were

proud of them.

“They did a great job of

writing this letter and did a

really good job of speaking

with me in the office,”

Baldermann said. “I was

really happy to see kids do

that. I was not surprised

to see kids in our school

districts do that. I get a lot

of letters from kids in the

school district when I go

visit classes. But this was

really good to see.”

Annabelle’s mother,

Laurie, said Annabelle was

interested in having backyard

chickens because she

wanted to have her own

egg supply.

Baldermann sees the

positive impact that having

the chickens can have, but

the overwhelming majority

is opposed to backyard

chickens, he said.

“He said that because

some people wouldn’t

be happy because of the

chickens bucking and they

smell bad,” Ellie said.

“They’re loud. But they’re

cute and I like them.”

Ellie also said another

reason was because they

can attract coyotes and

other wildlife into the


The girls spoke to the

mayor with their parents

in the background, which

is another thing that impressed

Baldermann, for

which he gave a lot of

credit to the parents.

New Lenox has an ordinance

and a lot of the

issues deal with the size

of the lots and how many

chickens people can have

per acre.

“People will tell you if

you have a good chicken



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Ellie Trench (left) and Annabelle Dulek pose for a

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New Lenox Village Board

2 large building developments get approval

Jessie Molloy

Freelance Reporter

The New Lenox Village

Board gave approval for

two large developments

coming to the city following

weeks of negotiations

and several changes to the

construction plans.

The Four Seasons development,

a 612-lot, agerestricted

community, will

be built on 223 acres of

land east of Cedar Road

and to the north of Route

6, property currently used

as the Teerling Nursery.

In order to receive final

approval for construction,

the developer, K. Hovnanian

Homes and the village

reached an agreement

to build the development

in a series of sub-phases

because of the large scope

of the project.

“Normally, we require

all the public improvements

to be completed

on a construction phase

before we issue building

permits,” said Director

of Community Development

Robin Ellis. “Since

this project is so large

and each phase includes

over 200 units, we are instead

going to allow them

to divide each phase into

three sub-phases. When

they complete the public

improvements on the first

sub-phase of phase one we

will issue the building permits

for that section while

they continue the public

improvements for the second

sub-phase and so on.”

In addition to the staggered

construction phases,

the village also included

a provision which would

require the developer to

pay for any repairs which

may be needed to Chicago-Bloomington

Trail and

Bladgett-Meader Road after

they had been used by

construction equipment.

Finally, the developer

agreed to include extra

landscaping along development

homes which

back on major village

roads and the village

agreed to reduce or eliminate

certain impact fees.

The Park District and tap

on fees will be reduced

for each household, as the

community’s age restrictions

are likely to mean

the homes will have fewer

residents than other single-family

homes in the

village, while the school

and transportation fees

have been waived.

The board voted unanimously

to approve the

annexation agreement,

annexation, and special

use preliminary plat for

the development. Trustee

Annette Bowden was not

present to vote.

“I hope this development

works out and kick

starts things in that area,”

Trustee David Butterfield

said, “I’m very excited

about this project.”

The board also voted

to approve an annexation

agreement, rezoning ordinance,

and special use

preliminary plat for the

proposed Prairie Glen subdivision.





The development, which

will be marketed to older

residents but not officially

age-restricted, will occupy

17 acres of property North

of Route 30 and West of

Marley Road. While the

plan originally called for

47 homes to be built on the

property, the agreement

was amended to include

44 homes and a small parcel

for commercial development

along Route 30 to

reduce residential density.

The entire parcel was

originally zoned to be

commercial and was rezoned

as part of the approval

to be mostly residential.

Construction for

the development will be

completed in three phases

by ALPS Development.

While the development

was given approval,

Trustee David Smith voted

against the plan on all

three motions.

Other business

The board thanked the

police department and village

staff for helping the

first of the Triple Play concerts

go smoothly June, 8.

Five thousand people attended

the event and dry

weather allowed it to proceed

as planned. The second

summer concert will

be held on July 20.

The board reminded residents

to be careful driving

now that school is out.

“Everybody be safe,”

Mayor Tim Baldermann

said. “There are kids running

around everywhere.”


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the new lenox patriot | June 20, 2019 | 7

Broccolo leaves library board after 3 decades

Sean Hastings, Editor

Lou Broccolo spent the

last 34 years on the New

Lenox Public Library

Board and his time on it finally

came to an end at the

June 10 meeting.

He joked that he started

on the board when he was

10 years old. Broccolo, a

retired middle school social

studies/history teacher,

started on the board in

1985, long before the current

library was built.

He saw the library

through many changes, including

the new building

process that was completed

in 2001.

“I’m very proud, and I

was just one little bit, but

I’m very proud I was a part

of getting this referendum

passed and getting this

building built,” Broccolo

said. “I think, if it’s not

the best looking building

in Will County, it’s pretty

close. I know I’m prejudice,

but I think it’s a beautiful


And it just dawned on

him that he spent most

of his time on the board

working in the current


Broccolo lost the first

time he ran for a board position

and he did not think

it would bother him that

much, but it did, he said.

“When I ran the first

time, I never said ‘I’m

going to do this, this and

this,’” he said. “I was

just encouraged to run by

Georgia Madden, who has

passed away since then.

She worked here and said

‘you’re in here all the time,

why don’t you run for the

library board.”

Part of what Broccolo

was known for was his

sense of humor, so that

shined through at times.

The second time he ran

unopposed and told Madden

if he somehow lost that

time, he was going to put a

“for sale sign” in front of

his house because he could

not be a “nobody.” And

that was the start of a 34-

year tenure.

“I was kidding one time

and told [Madden] when

she was still working here

a number of years ago,

and I said ‘it’s your fault

that I’m on the board.’ She

told me, ‘I told you to run,

I didn’t tell you to stay on


Just before Broccolo accepted

his resolution from

the board, the board swore

in its elected members

from April’s election. Bonnie

Ulstad, Michelle Monbrod

and Alex Vancina all

took the oath.

Monbrod was named the

secretary of the board and

read Broccolo his proclamation.

“It was an honor to read

that proclamation as my

first duty as newly appointed

secretary of the

board,” Monbrod said. “I

love him like a father. He

was my eighth grade history


Broccolo taught in Tinley

Park in D146 for 36

years and retired in 2007.

“I loved my job until

the last kid walked out the

door,” he said. “Now, I

love being retired.”

Broccolo most recently

served as a member of the

policy, and building and

grounds committee. He

also served as a president

before as well.

He said being on the

board was a way to stay involved

in the community.

Lou Broccolo smiles with the cake the board got for

him on his last day with the board. Photo Submitted

“I think the community

is a wonderful community

and it’s given me and

my family a lot,” he said.

“Doing this was a way

to give back. I think I’ve

done a good job. I think

I’ve had a little bit of common

sense… You’re a part

of something bigger than


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Investigative, sports reporting among

22CM’s 16 national awards for 2018

staff report

From an “inspirational”

obituary to “engaging”

breaking news to a “haunting”

and “exceptional” investigation,

22nd Century

Media publications earned

a company-record 16

awards for journalistic excellence

from the National

Newspaper Association.

It is the seventh year of

national competition for

22nd Century Media, parent

company of The New

Lenox Patriot, and the 16

awards top the company’s

previous high of 14


The National Newspaper

Association boasts

more than 2,000 members,

and this year, its annual

Better Newspaper

Contest welcomed more

than 1,300 entries from

36 states. Winners in the

competition, judged by

esteemed journalists from

across the country, will be

honored at an Oct. 5 banquet

in Milwaukee.

“I am blown away,”

said Joe Coughlin, the

company’s publisher and

former editor of The New

Lenox Patriot. “Our editorial

team works tirelessly

to produce quality community

journalism that

informs and equips our

readers. The work is for

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Of the 16 awards won

by 22nd Century Media,

two were first-place and

seven were second-place

honors. 22CM also earned

three third-place nods,

and four were honorable


The Homer Horizon,

the first newspaper

launched by 22nd Century

Media, earned both firstplace

awards — one for a

feature written by Editor

Tom Czaja and the other

for an investigative piece

produced by a team of reporters.

Four of the honors went

to The Orland Park Prairie,

which was recognized

for two editorials by Managing

Editor Bill Jones, a

sports column by Jeff Vorva

and an obituary tribute

by reporter Meredith Dobes.

Other awards were won

by: The Tinley Junction (a

review and a sports feature

each by Sports Editor Jeff

Vorva), The Lockport Legend

(sports story by Editor

Max Lapthorne), The

Frankfort Station (sports

photo by Julie McMann).

“The variety of work

that was recognized is

particularly impressive

to me,” Publisher Joe

Coughlin said. “These are

the best reporters in Chicago’s

suburbs, and they

keep proving it.”

And the winners are ...

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Max Lapthorne,

Tom Czaja, Joe


Report from a four-month

investigation on a former Lockport

Township High School student who

said she was sexually abused by her


Feature Story Tom Czaja Exploratory profile of a religious icon

that appears as if it is crying

Breaking News

Lauren Coughlin,

Joe Coughlin, Bill

Jones, Barbara


In-depth coverage of a disastrous and

deadly wildfire

Sports Story Chris Megginson Recap of Olympic bobsledder Lauren

Gibbs’ silver-medal performance at

the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Feature Story Lauren Coughlin In-depth look at the disappearance

and search for Elaine Park, one year

after she went missing

Sports Column Jeff Vorva Local angle on a historic high school

football win by Brother Rice

Editorial Bill Jones 1. A rallying cry to push voters to the

polls, and 2. How some missed the

point of a student walkout



Meredith Dobes

Honoring the life of a local

Congressional Medal of Honor


Review Jeff Vorva Recap of a head-banging show by

Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson

Sports Feature Jeff Vorva Story of a senior resident running a

race just months after a heart attack


Literacy Story

Martin Carlino

The stories of a high school’s walkout

and a district’s handling of the


Sports Feature Martin Carlino Profile of pitcher Michael Oh, who

after two surgeries was back on the


Sports Story Michal Dwojak Looking at the career and influence

of Hall-of-Fame basketball coach

David Weber

Sports Story Max Lapthorne Report on a youth baseball team’s

blow-torch- and triple-play-aided


Sports Photo Julie McMann Cover photo of a leaping, horizontal

touchdown catch by football star AJ






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the new lenox patriot | June 20, 2019 | 9

New Lenox School D122 Board of Education

Financial plans laid out for future

Jessie Molloy

Freelance Reporter

The New Lenox School

District 122 Board of Education

approved the tentative

budget for the 2019-

2020 school year at its

meeting Tuesday night, as

well as a plan to manage its

long-term debt.

With the fiscal year officially

beginning July 1 and

no regular meeting scheduled

for July, Business Director

Bob Groos presented

the tentative budget to the

board with the plan to hold

a public hearing and approve

the final budget at the

September board meeting.

“The budget is on track

with the five-year forecast

we discussed in January,”

Groos reported, noting that

the only significant change

from the plans projected at

the start of the year was a

slight spending increase to

accommodate higher-thananticipated

electricity rates.

The district’s operating

budget is anticipated

to include $56.9 million

in revenue and $55.6 million

in expenses, leaving

an estimated surplus of

$1.3 million as of June 30,

2020. That figure is slightly

lower than the fund surplus

the board is currently projecting

for this year of $2.6


Groos explained that the

reason for the slightly higher

expenditures in 2019-

2020 is twofold.

“The upcoming year is

the first year with our new

teachers’ contracts, which

was front-end loaded with a

5.5 percent raise,” he said.

“Starting in 2020-2021 the

raises go back to the usual

three percent per year.”

Groos also noted that

the number of iPads the

district needed to purchase

to retain its one-to-one ratio

for every student was

higher for 2019-2020 than

it was for the previous year,

which caused an increase in


Groos said he “does

not anticipate significant

changes” between the tentative

budget and the final

budget in September, but

that a few items may be

“fine-tuned” in the budget.

In addition to unanimously

approving the tentative

budget, the board

also voted to move surplus

money from several funds

to the district’s capital projects


The transfers included $1

million from the working

cash fund and $1.9 million

from the education fund to

the capital projects fund to

pay for summer improvements

at the school buildings.

Groos noted that the reason

behind the transfers

was to use existing cash for

the improvement projects

instead of having to fund

the capital projects by taking

on more debt, an action

Superintendent Peggy

Manville, said the district is

not planning on taking any

time soon.

Paying off existing bonds

was another major point of

discussion at the meeting.

Elizabeth Hennesy from

Raymond James Public Finance

presented the board

with multiple options to

refinance the district’s debt

in order to prevent a significant

rise in property taxes

for residents.

Groos explained that currently

the district residents

living in a $250,000 home

are paying an average of

$632 per year in taxes to

pay down the district’s long

term debt. That amount has

remained relatively stable

for the past several years,

but would rise dramatically

in the next 10 years if the

district did not refinance its


According to Hennesy’s

figures, that tax bill would

increase to $804 for the

same resident by 2023 and

could skyrocket to nearly

$1,100 by 2030.

“About half of the district’s

buildings were built

in the last 20 years and

several more had major additions,”

Groos explained.

“New Lenox grew a lot in

the late 90s and the debt

was pushed down the line.”

The debt for all the

construction projects was

scheduled to come due in

one block of time, which

is now approaching. Coupled

with the fact that the

village’s growth slowed

during the Recession, the

district was forced to consider

its financial options to

avoid its residents getting

hit with rapidly increasing


Under the plan selected

Tuesday, the rates for the

average homeowner would

freeze at $700 per year. In

order to do this the board

needs to extend its debt

payments out a few years

from 2031 to 2034. However,

Groos noted, this will

not increase the amount of

money the district owes.

Due to the favorable interest

rates available now

versus when the debt was

originally acquired, and the

quicker than expected payoff

of more recent loans,

the district will actually

save $4.9 million in interest

under the new plan.

The board will officially

vote to take action on the

first set of bonds in August.

Another vote to refinance

the bonds will likely not be

necessary until 2021.


NL student graduates

Jacob Gasparich, the LW

West Valedictorian 2015

has graduated from Massachusetts

Institute of Technology

(MIT) on Friday,

June 7.

He is currently completing

a Summer internship at

Mathworks and will begin

his Masters in the Fall 2019

at MIT. He will also continue

playing volleyball in

the upcoming season where

he is team captain.

Make a FREE announcement

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will publish birth, birthday,

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Announcements are due the

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School News

Bradley University

Students from New Lenox


Michael Kowalski, construction;

Amanda Arvia,

early childhood education

ESL endorsement; Katherine

Breen, FCS Dietetics;

and Brianna Heyer, health

science graduated from

Bradley University.

University of Mississippi

New Lenox student


Taylor McGovern,

Bachelor of Science in exercise

science, graduated

from the University of


University of Iowa

2019 graduating class

includes New Lenox


Nick Burgio, Gregory

Derk and Danielle Beechy

graduated from the University

of Iowa.

Culver-Stockton College

Honor roll list includes

New Lenox student

Deena Baber, Psychology

was named to the honor

roll at Culver-Stockton


University of Wisconsin-


Three New Lenox students

make the grade for dean’s

list honors

Thomas Michalski,

Madison Mikalauski and

Kayla Seymour were

named to the dean’s list for

the spring 2019 semester.

Millikin University

Student from New Lenox

honored at Honors


Isaac Hopper was recognized

for his academics

excellence at Millikin’s

distinguished Faculty Lecture

and Honors Convocation.

Northern Michigan


College awards New

Lenox student with dean’s

list recognition

Paige Grenier was

named to the dean’s list

for the spring 2019 semester.

SUNY Geneseo

Dean’s list names include

New Lenox student

Adrienne Braico was

named to the dean’s list

at SUNY Geneseo for the

spring 2019 semester.

University of Iowa

New Lenox students

participate in graduation

Nick Burgio, BSE-

Biomedical Engineering;

Gregory Derk, BSE-

Biomedical Engineering,

and Danielle Beechy, BS-

Therapeutic Recreation;

CER-Disability Studies

Compiled by Editor Sean

Hastings, sean@newlenox

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Summit Hill D161 Board of Education

Study for K-12 district gets green light

T.J. Kremer iii

Contributing Editor

After nearly an hour of

debate, Summit Hill D161

Board of Education voted

6-1 to go ahead with a feasibility

study that could put

the district on a path to secede

from Lincoln-Way

Community High School

District 210 and create its

own K-12 district.

Board member Joy Murphy

cast the lone dissenting


The vote authorizes the

Unit District Feasibility

Committee to begin negotiations

and sign a contract

with District Leadership

Solutions LLC in

an amount not to exceed

$35,000 for Phase 1 of the

group’s proposal.

Phase 1 will consist of

four parts: a student enrollment

study, which will examine

issues surrounding

facility usage, staffing, curriculum

offerings, State aid

and facility planning; an examination

of the overall tax

impact that will 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; an examination

of the tax impact on

providing a baseline high

school experience to that of

D210, including curriculum

and extracurricular opportunities

for students; and an

examination of the final tax

impact on D161, including

the purchase of the currently

underused Lincoln-Way

North building.

The first two parts are expected

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the second two parts will be

presented by Nov. 1.

Round it up

A brief recap of other items discussed at the June

12 D161 School Board meeting

• The board voted 7-0 to approve a contract to TIRA

Architecture for a 10-year life safety survey of Hilda

Walker Elementary School and Summit Hill Junior

High in the amount of $18,271.68.

• The board voted 7-0 to approve the

intergovernmental agreement with Union School

District 81 for lunch program services.

• In another 7-0 vote, the board approved a

resolution to declare unneeded items as surplus.

• The board set eighth grade graduation for May

29, 2020, with the caveat that the date may shift

to accommodate the number of snow days used in


Board President Rich

Marron said that, in addition

to the many public

comments the committee

heard at its June 5 meeting,

the board received 169

emails in favor of going forward

with the study, as opposed

to 13 against.

“A count of 169 is what it

is, but I can tell you that in

my six years that is the most

emails we have ever gotten

on a topic,” Marron said.

Murphy said she would

rather see the funds to be

used on the study come

from community fundraising,

rather than through the

district’s funds.

“As much as I do agree

with a [feasibility] study,

I’m so apprehensive to

spend the current students

money for the study,” Murphy

said. “The enrollment

study I’m 100 percent for.

The other three [parts of

Phase 1] — I suggest, I will

work hard, I will do whatever

it takes, but I would

love to see that money being

raised by a group of

people who live in the community.”

But Marron countered

that the money had already

been raised by the community

in the form of taxes

that individuals pay to the


“I think that what is forgotten

here in the proposal

that was thrown out to say

that people within the district

should raise the money,

they have; this is their money,”

Marron said. “To say

that we should ask someone

to raise money if they wish

to control how it is spent,

that is why we’re elected to

represent them, and this is

everyone’s money.”

Murphy went on to say

that she had a conversation

with LW D210 Superintendent

Scott Tingley that

raised additional concerns.

“[Tingley] told me

that Mokena, Manhattan,

Frankfort and New Lenox

will not vote for this,” Murphy


When asked after the

meeting, Tingley said that

he told Murphy that a referendum

to split D161 from

D210 would be “difficult”

because the end result

would be that D210 would

be forced to close one of its

remaining three schools if

it were to lose the revenue

and population that D161

would take with it in a split. news

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Racing some ducks for some bucks

Nearly $2,500 raised in annual Harry E. Anderson VFW Post 9545 Lucky Duck Race for care packages for overseas troops

VFW Commander Tim Terrell (left) and Auxiliary member Jessica Cochran dump the

ducks into Hickory Creek from the Cedar Road Bridge. The money raised will be used

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Police Reports

Vehicle burglaries, thefts reoccurring in New Lenox

A resident in the 700 block

of Stacey Drive reportedly

had their unlocked vehicle

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overnight June 5. Police

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identity stolen. Police

said an officer met with

the complainant who advised

that someone had

obtained their debit card

information and opened

several fraudulent purchases

and withdrawals

using their account.

• Lisa M. Roach, 56,

1124 N. Cedar Road, was

charged with DUI. Police

said an office was on a

patrol and observed a vehicle

commit a traffic violation.

The officer reportedly

conducted a traffic

stop on the vehicle at Cedar

Road and Hawthorne

Lane and met with the

driver, Roach and learned

that Roach was driving

while under the influence

of alcohol.

June 7

• A male subject reportedly

made a purchase from

Advanced Auto Parts, 428

E. Lincoln Highway, using

a counterfeit $100 bill.

June 6

• A male subject reportedly

made a purchase

from Walmart, 501 E.

Lincoln Highway using a

counterfeit $100 bill on a

purchase of approximately

$18 worth of merchandise.

• A male subject reportedly

made a purchase from

Walmart, 501 E. Lincoln

Highway using counterfeit

$10 bills on two

separate occasions. One

purchase was reportedly

over $90 and the other

was over $64.

• Joseph M. Izzi, 38, 7225

Adams St. Forest Park,

was charged with unlawful

use of a weapon and

possession of a controlled

substance. Police said an

officer was dispatched

to Lincoln Highway and

Cedar Road in reference

to a disturbance in the

roadway in which a subject

displayed a handgun.

A witness reportedly followed

the vehicle that the

offender in possession

of the handgun was in to

the Walona Motel, 700

E. Lincoln Highway. Police

said officers arrived

on scene and conducted a

traffic stop on the vehicle

and the passenger of the

vehicle, Izzi, was identified

as the subject who

displayed the handgun on

the road way. A loaded

semi-auto handgun was

reportedly recovered from

the vehicle and the officer

learned that the vehicle

Izzi was traveling in became

involved in a traffic

dispute with the driver of

a semi-truck. Police said

the witness observed the

driver of the semi-truck

and Izzi standing in the

street arguing at a stop

light and Izzi was seen

displaying a handgun on

multiple occasions. Izzi

was reportedly also found

in possession of prescription

medications, Alprazolam,

which he did not

have a prescription for.

• Katherine M. Flynn,

37, 306 S. Prairie Ave.

was charged with retail

theft after she reportedly

opened two small bottles

of wine in Walmart, 501

E. Lincoln Highway,

and began drinking from

them. The total cost of

wine was approximately

$6, police said.

• A member of ReClaim

Fitness, 1325 E. Lincoln

Highway reportedly had

their vehicle entered while

they worked out. Police

said the complainant told

the officer that someone

entered their unlocked

locker and stole their keys

while they worked out.

The complainant reportedly

went to their vehicle

and discovered someone

had rummaged through

the inside of the vehicle,

but nothing appeared to

be missing.

• A member of ReClaim

Fitness, 1325 E. Lincoln

Highway reportedly had

their vehicle entered while

they worked out. Police

said the complainant told

the officer that someone

entered their unlocked

locker and stole their keys

while they worked out.

The complainant reportedly

went to their vehicle

and discovered that their

wallet had been stolen

from their car.

June 5

• Police said an officer

was dispatched to Liberty

Junior High School in

reference to a suspicious

vehicle/person complaint.

Police said the officer

learned that a student was

waiting at a bus stop at

7:50 a.m. when a small

white colored vehicle

stopped and the driver, a

male subject, believed to

be in his 20s, asked the

student where he went to

school and if he wanted a

ride. The student refused

and the vehicle left the


• A resident in the 100

block of Forrest Street

reportedly had their unlocked

vehicle entered

while it was parked in

their driveway overnight.

A wallet was reportedly

stolen from the vehicle.

The wallet was later recovered

by a citizen and

turned into NLPD.

• A resident of the 2900

block of Foxwood Drive

reportedly had their vehicle

stolen while it was

parked in their garage

overnight. Police said an

officer was dispatched to

Foxwood Drive to check

the status of the vehicle

and Frankfort PD observed

a vehicle involved

in a burglary to a motor

vehicle that occurred in

Frankfort. The vehicle

fled the area, police said,

and it was registered to

a New Lenox resident.

Police said an officer arrived

at the home of the

owner of the vehicle who

advised that their vehicle

had been parked in the

garage and was unaware

that their vehicle had been


June 4

• Someone reportedly

purchased a gift card

from Walgreen’s, 450 S.

Schoolhouse Road using

counterfeit $100 bills.


New Lenox Patriot’s Police

Reports are compiled from

official reports found online

on the New Lenox Police

Department’s website or

releases issued by the

department and other agencies.

Anyone listed in these

reports is considered to be

innocent of all charges until

proven guilty in a court of

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TPHS students, teachers

moved by promise-keeping


Back in March, fellow

teachers Maureen Koce

and Rebecca Haustein attended

a conference and

walked away so inspired,

they returned to Tinley

Park High with a simplebut-radical

idea: Getting

students and teachers to

make promises — and

keep them.

The duo, along with

an enthusiastic group of

about 10 students, started

the school’s Because I

Said I Would program

with the goal of improving

the school, one promise

at a time.

Because I Said I Would

is an international nonprofit

with a straightforward-yet-profound

mission: Improving humanity

through accountability.

The organization

was started by Alex Sheen

in 2012 after he delivered

the eulogy for his father,

a man known for keeping

his word.

Sheen, on that day,

handed out for the first

time what went on to become

known as Promise

Cards — little reminders

to follow through. His

message has blossomed

since, reaching a global

audience across more than

153 countries.

Koce and Haustein recruited

students involved

with the already-established

Say Something

initiative, a violenceprevention

program, and

the poms team, of which

Haustein is a coach, and

got to work.

They held meetings,

planned a school-wide

campaign and, in early

May, made their presence

known in a big way.

Wearing T-shirts emblazoned

with Because I Said

I Would, the students and

teachers took to all corners

of the school, handing

out Promise Cards and

spreading the word about

the new effort, day after


After a week of distributing

and collecting cards,

the club organized the

hundreds they received

in a mural just outside

the cafeteria, a heavily

trafficked area where the

cards could be read and

have an impact.

Reporting by Will O’Brien,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit TinleyJunction.



Art on the Green highlights

creativity, community

Downtown Frankfort

was even more alluring

than usual on June 9 as

Art on the Green brought

the creative community together

to celebrate artistic


More than 30 local artists

exhibited their work at

Frankfort’s Breidert Green

Park, and attendees had the

opportunity to purchase

everything from paintings

to photography to jewelry.

As a juried show, the event

showcased a high level

of fine art, and the artists

were in the running to win

prizes for the top three artists

as well as two honorable


Since forming in 2018,

The Frankfort Arts Association

has worked to bring

area artists of all mediums

together. The Village of

Frankfort — a major sponsor

of Art on the Green —

handed off its Fine Arts

Fair to the association

to host the renamed, revamped

event for the first

time this year.

New Lenox ceramicist

Nicholas S. Eckmayer

combines originality and

functionality with his creations.

“Everything is functional

ceramics, and I try my

best to make each piece

individual and unique, just

like a person,” Eckmayer

said. “The work itself is

all wheel-thrown, and then

it’s either altered in some

way at that time or when

I fire it to a certain bisque

temperature. Then, it’s

glazed in a way that can’t

be duplicated.”

Reporting by Laurie Fanelli,

Freelance Reporter. For

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Park district rolls out

‘Unplug Mokena’ campaign

Mokena Community

Park District wants residents

to disconnect from

the digital and power up

for playtime this summer

so that people can spend

more time experiencing

the great outdoors that is,

frequently, right in their

own backyards.

It’s all part of the park

district’s Unplug Mokena

campaign this summer.

The topic was featured at

Mokena Chamber of Commerce’s

monthly meeting

June 11.

Mike Selep, the park

district’s executive director,

said residents should

put away their phones,

step away from the computers

and laptops, turn off

the gaming systems, and

ask themselves, “What’s

one thing you really liked

to do as a kid?” and then

go do it.

“The thing that I think

we have the biggest challenges

with is that we sit.

We sit a lot,” Selep said.

“We sit at our desks. We sit

at our computers. We sit at

home and watch TV. We’re

not really up and about as

much as we used to be.”

Selep cited the national

rise in obesity and the

health risks associated

with it as the main danger

in not spending 30 minutes

a day of moderate activity,

such as taking a walk in

the park, taking one’s children

or grandchildren to

the playground and engaging

in some playtime with

them, or getting together

with friends for a round

of disc golf or some other

light sporting activity.

The park district has a

full lineup of summer activities

planned for the Village.

Go to mokenapark.

com to view upcoming


Reporting by T.J. Kremer

III, Editor. For more, visit


Girl, 14, suffers broken

bones, bruised liver after

being struck by car

A 14-year-old girl was

riding her bicycle with a

friend when she was struck

by a car and suffered broken

bones and a bruised

liver the evening of June

9 in Homer Glen, according

to Will County Sheriff’s

Office spokeswoman

Kathy Hoffmeyer.

At 8:47 p.m., deputies

responded to the intersection

of Bell Road, north of

143rd Street, about the girl

being struck, according to

police. When they arrived,

they found the driver of a

Mazda 6 at the intersection

with the teenage girl lying

in the street.

The girl was responsive

but had difficulty speaking,

police said.

The Northwest Homer

Fire Protection District arrived

and transported her

to Silver Cross Hospital,

per Hoffmeyer. The teen

was later transferred to

Christ Hospital to be treated,

and initial reports have

indicated her injuries as

being non-life-threatening.

Witnesses stated the girl

and her friend were crossing

Bell Road on their

bikes against a red light

when the 14-year-old was

struck, according to Hoffmeyer.

The injured girl is a

Homer Glen resident.

The accident remains

under investigation.

No tickets had been issued

initially following the


Reporting by Thomas

Czaja, Editor. For more, visit


LGBTQ support

organization comes to


People in the LGBTQ

community are constantly

battling ignorance and discrimination,

and the fight

for equality is currently

ongoing in the Lockport


The PFLAG organization,

which was founded in

1973 by Jeanne Manford,

is an active organization

with 400 chapters across

the country. PFLAG stands

for Parents, Families, and

Friends of Lesbians and

Gays. PFLAG’s mission is

to “build on a foundation

of loving families united

with LGBTQ people and

allies who support one

another, and to educate

ourselves and our communities

to speak up as advocates

until all hearts and

minds respect, value and

affirm LGBTQ people.”

Michelle Eckmayer,

president of the chapter in

Homer Glen and Lockport,

is confident that PFLAG is

contributing to the communities

by positively

affecting the push for

equality for the LGBTQ

community and making

discrimination less and

less prevalent.

“Really, there [are]

three basic things that we

try to do,” Eckmayer said.

“That is support, educate

and advocate. Those three

things are what we basically

stand for. There is

much more to fight for

because ignorance still

surrounds us. This is why

we educate, because some

people just do not understand

it and get afraid of

what they do not understand.

Once you educate

people, they are more informed

and less likely to


The chapter in Homer

Glen/Lockport is to officially

begin having meetings

the last Tuesday of

every month that will be

open to anyone who wants

to support the LGBTQ


Meetings are to be held

from 6:30-8 p.m. at Cross

of Glory Lutheran, 14719

W. 163rd St., Homer Glen.

Reporting by Christian Villanueva,

Editorial Intern.

For more, visit


Celebrating the Diamond

anniversary: Palos Country

Club ringing in 100 years

with tribute act

With a 100th anniversary

approaching, the Palos

Country Club team has

kept busy with remodeling

projects, golf course maintenance

and freshening up

the grounds.

But to celebrate the occasion

properly, they knew

they needed to throw a

party. And what’s a party

without a band?

On the evening of Sunday,

June 30, Steve Richards

and his Neil Diamond

tribute band — which has

graced stages together for

more than 30 years — will

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Top Web Stories

From as of Monday,

June 17

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From the editor

Stand up for what you want in the right way

Sean Hastings

If you’re on social media,

you know that is

most people’s favorite

spot to spit out whatever

opinions and disagreements

they have.

One post brings in

comment after comment

and that spirals out of

control, eventually going

so far off the rails,

everyone is on a different


Don’t get me wrong. I

use social media all the

time. Partly for my job

and partly because it is

enjoyable. I, like most,

sometimes get a kick out


From Page 18

of some of the posts that

are made.

But that is not the

right way to go about

things. Two 11-year-old

girls, who likely do not

dabble with social media,

nonetheless took a much

higher road to try and get

something they wanted.

Annabelle Dulek and

Ellie Trench, students at

Nelson Ridge Elementary

School in New Lenox,

wrote a letter to Mayor

Tim Baldermann, who

was so impressed by the

letter, invited them in for

a meeting. The girls met

with Baldermann May 21.

The two girls love

chickens and want to

have their own coup for

multiple reasons. Long

story short, New Lenox’s

ordinances do not allow

backyard chickens

for many fair reasons.

They’re loud, they smell,

attract wildlife, and if

people were allowed to

have them, not everyone

would do it properly.

play Palos’ grand ballroom.

Richards and club

staff are promising an

evening guests won’t soon


“We can’t wait,” said

Jamie Elstner, an assistant

manager at the club. “We

think it’s going to be an

absolute blast.”

Richards, who has

played venues throughout

the Chicago area and well

beyond — Wisconsin, Indiana,

Ohio, Pennsylvania

have all been stops — is

planning a two-hour-plus

performance packed with

energy and Diamond authenticity

from start to finish.

“From the second we

take the stage, we’re coming

out gangbusters,”

said Richards, who will

be backed by a six-piece


Tickets — covering dinner

and the concert for

$60, with tax and gratuity

included — are on sale

Chickens allowed or

chickens not allowed; that

is not the point. The point

is that instead of taking

some wild social-media

driven route to try to get

answers, good or bad,

they took a mature approach

to make a push for

something they wanted.

And for good reason,

the mayor was proud of

the girls initiative to write

him the letter and meet

with him. He said he felt

the girls thought they

were probably not going

to get the answer they

hoped for, but praised

them for it anyway.

That’s not to say that

everyone should meet

with the mayor on every

issue they have with

something. No one has

the time for that. There’s

just more mature ways to

go about it. Social media

can be a great tool if it is

treated in the right way,

and most of the time it

is, but the occasional unnecessary

rants don’t help

now at the country club,

13100 Southwest Highway,

Elstner said. She

envisions couples and

groups of friends enjoying

the evening together, and

anticipates some guests

will make a full day of it

by golfing in the morning

or afternoon.

The dinner starts at 5

p.m., while the show starts

at 6:30 p.m.

Reporting by Will O’Brien,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit


Baldermann said New

Lenox is a representative

government and

people will say ‘go ask

the people,’ but you can’t

go out to the people on

a referendum every time

someone wants something


Stories like these won’t

be an everyday occurrence,

but it is a nice

change of pace to see

children taking something

they believe in strongly

and trying to make it happen.

And they should be

praised for it.

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LW Rock Group has concert

playing hit songs, Page 26

Salon ‘sisters’

Lincoln-Way grads open up own salon in

Frankfort, Page 24

Local families spend Saturday morning fishing in annual

Family Fishing Derby, Page 23

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More Faith Less Fret


6:30 p.m. Mondays.

Held at the house of a

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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

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The Life in the Spirit

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We will be blessed with

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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

Please see faith, 25



In memoriam

Glen E. Skonicki

Glen E. Skonicki, 47,

New Lenox passed away

suddenly on Saturday, June

1, 2019. Loving husband

of Kathrynne M. Skonicki

(Braun); beloved father

of Angela, Kathrynne and

David Skonicki; dearest

son of the late David

and Christine (Zebrowski)

Skonicki; cherished

brother of the late Paula

Skonicki and Timothy

Skonicki; dear brother-inlaw

of Jennifer (Michael)

Denton, Lynn Braun, John

Braun, late Fred (late Hellen)

Braun and Valerie

(Neal Zokan) Braun; fond

uncle of Timothy Skonicki,

Sandra (Nick) Sturgeon,

Christina, Michael, and

Ashley Denton and Cameron

and Cameree Braun;

also survived by several

cousins. Glen was a Super

Fan of his kids’ sports, a

coach for the New Lenox

Park District Basketball,

and passionate Chicago

Bears and NASCAR fan.

In lieu of flowers memorial

donations to the Walter and

Connie Payton Foundation,

or the Victory Junction, would

be appreciated.

Sandra E. Karpavicius

Sandra E. Karpavicius

(nee Edwards), 77, New

Lenox, passed away Sunday,

June 9, 2019. Sandra

was born in Chicago to the

late Louis and Lillian Edwards.

Loving mother of

Lisa (Mark) Sikorski, Scott

(late Lira) Karpavicius,

and Michael Karpavicius;

cherished grandmother of

Ericka Rodriguez, Elizabeth

Zurales, Christopher

Karpavicius, and Nicholas

Karpavicius; dear sister of

Wylene (late John) Nordike;

loved aunt of Jeff

(Angie) Nordike and Gary

(Leighanne) Nordike. Sandra’s

love was her family.

When she wasn’t taking

care of her children, she

took care of her grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers memorials

in Sandra’s name

to Joliet Area Community

Hospice or University of

Chicago Cancer Center

would be appreciated.

Dawn Zibricky,

Dr. C. Dawn Goehl-

Zibricky, 55, New Lenox,

passed away June 8, 2019

surrounded by family at her

home in New Lenox. She

married the love of her life,

Gregory M. Zibricky, on

March 19, 1988. She is survived

by two sons Aaron

and Ben. In addition to her

husband and children, survivors

include her parents

Paul and Sheryl Goehl, inlaws

Robert and Rozanne

Zibricky, one sister Dr.

Tami (Lance) Roskamp,

two brothers-in-law Brian

(Sue) Zibricky and David

Zibricky, nephews and

nieces, Jared (Dr Bridget)

Roskamp, Jami Roskamp,

Kayla Zibricky and Kevin

Zibricky. She was awarded

the Illinois Nurse Educator

Award in 2013. Dawn’s

final resting place will be

New Providence Cemetery

in Adams County. A private

ceremony will be held. A

celebration of life gathering

will be held at The

Dock, 1021 Bonansinga

Dr, Quincy, IL on Sunday,

June 23rd. A celebration of

life event will take place at

CD & ME, 23320 South

La Grange Road, Frankfort,

IL on Tuesday, July 9,

from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The

Elmhurst College community

is invited to a memorial

service for Dr. Zibricky

on Wednesday, July 17 at

3 p.m. on campus at the

Hammerschmidt Memorial

Chapel. In lieu of flowers,

donations in Dawn’s memory

can be made to Sigma

Theta Tau International

or Elmhurst Learning and

Success Academy (ELSA)

@ Elmhurst College. life & arts

the new lenox patriot | June 20, 2019 | 23

Families spend day together catching fish

Lee Cruz, Freelance Reporter

The overcast skies,

damp air, and steady winds

seemed to confirm that

meteorologists’ forecast of

rain was destined to come

to fruition, but it did not

deter residents from showing

up and enjoying their

experience at the annual

Fishing Derby hosted by

the New Lenox Park District

at Freedom Park on

Saturday, June 15.

While the event was designated

as a competition,

the attendees created an atmosphere

that made it feel

more like a community

picnic at the park.

Many of the participants

arrived an hour or so before

the event, either so parents

could provide some instruction

to their children

or so they could simply just

enjoy an extended period

of time at the pond.

Throughout the entirety

of the affair, there was an

almost placid quality at the

park, with occasional exuberant

cheers when a child

would catch a fish. The

vast majority of the participants

were quietly focused

on watching for activity on

their fishing line throughout

the competition.

Even those children who

were fishing for the first

time or who were struggling

with their fishing

technique did not demonstrate

much frustration, and

their parents were calmly

providing them with patient


Parents seemed to find

the event as an opportunity

to engage in quality family


“I like this event because

it allows me to spend quality

time having fun with the

Dean and Delaney Bartolini pose for a photo holding a fish they caught at the Family

Fishing Derby Saturday, June 15 at Freedom Park. Lee Cruz/22nd Century Media

kids,” Russ Bogda, who

accompanied his children,

Brynn and Owen, said.

“We try to get out fishing

6-7 times a year — it

brings the kids a little closer

to Mother Nature.”

Alan Poplawski, who

was in attendance with his

grandchildren, Ava, Bree,

and Ben, said. “We come

to this every year. It’s fun

for the kids. It’s really nice

family time together.”

“We just like to get out

occasionally to fish. The

kids really enjoyed this,”

said Chris Roberts, who

was on hand with his

wife, Kelly, and their children,

Adelaide and Owen.

“We’ll definitely come

back next year.”

Other parents saw the

occasion as an opportunity

to fuel their children’s budding

interest in fishing.

“We just moved here

about a year ago, and

we’ve just been looking

for things going on around

town,” Dean Bartolini, who

was there with his daughter,

Delaney, said. “She’s

fished a couple times before,

so this seemed like a

good event for her.”

Matt Flentge, who accompanied

his daughter,

Elaina, said she just recently

got into fishing. It was

her birthday two weeks

ago, so they got her a fishing

pole, and she loves it.

“We’ll definitely come

back to this event next

year,” he said. “She had a

lot of fun, and she caught

four fish today.”

Mike Adams, a passerby

on his morning walk, was

intrigued by the event and

stopped to watch the festivities

for several minutes.

Although his children are

now all adults, Adams says

that he regularly took them

fishing while they were

still living at home with


“It was therapeutic for

all of us to unplug and get

away from all the noise

and stress,” he said. “My

kids really took to it, and I

think it helped them learn

patience and how to relax.

I see a lot of that in these

pleasant folks out here today.”

The Park District has

been hosting the Fishing

Fishing Derby Awards

Ages 2-6

1st Place Most Fish Caught - Nolan Larsen (12 fish)

2nd Place Most Fish Caught - Bobby Krisik (8 fish)

1st Place Longest Fish - Owen Roberts (12 inches)

2nd Place Longest Fish (Tie) - Molly Pellini and Gavin

Walker (11 inches)

Ages 7-11

1st Place Most Fish Caught - Mitchell Masisura (8


2nd Place Most Fish Caught - Dylan Fitpatrick (4 fish)

3rd Place Most Fish Caught - Jacob Ennis (3 fish)

1st Place Longest Fish - Jared Ennis (19 inches)

2nd Place Longest Fish (Tie) - Elaina Flentge and

Landon Townsend (12.5 inches)

Ages 12-17

1st Place Most Fish Caught - Emily Schmeier (4 fish)

2nd Place Most Fish Caught - Brayden Mennite (3


1st Place Longest Fish - Emily Schmeier (12 inches)

2nd Place Longest Fish - Brayden Mennite (8.75


Ages 18+

1st Place Most Fish Caught - Chris Tuckers (5 fish)

1st Place Longest Fish - Ken Fillers (11 inches)

Derby for more than decade,

and it continues to

draw great interest from

the community, including

some families who participate

in it regularly.

“We enjoy it because it

brings back some of the

same families as they grow

up and grow into each age

group,” Recreation Supervisor

Tracy Wrase said. “I

think people like to come

to this event because it’s

family-oriented. We open

it for all ages, and this year

we even added on an over-

18 group because we know

a lot of parents like to fish

with their kids.”

Since the water was

steadily flowing north,

event organizers established

the north, northeast,

and northwest ends of the

pond as the official fishing

zone, as a way to increase

participants’ chances of

catching fish.

Wrase noted that the impending

storm may have

even been beneficial for

the event, since many of

the fish might have instinctually

been up near the

surface trying to find food

before submerging lower

during the storm.

Wrase added that the

possibility of rain did not

adversely affect attendance

at the event because of its

long-standing positive image.

“People just love this

event, in general,” she

said. “It brings everybody

together outdoors. And, although

it’s a competition,

it’s still a friendly and fun

one at the same time.”

24 | June 20, 2019 | the new lenox patriot life & arts

Lincoln-Way grads open salon in Frankfort

Nuria Mathog

Contributing Editor

Frankfort’s newest salon

is looking to make

the cut.

Founded by three area

graduates, Evolve Hair

Salon, located at 301 N.

White St., Suite EE in

Frankfort, launched in

early January and began

opening its doors to clients

in March.

Each of the business’s

co-owners has ties to the

Lincoln-Way area and the

southwest suburbs: Chicago

resident and Lincoln-Way

Central alumna

Elise Carlson, Frankfort

resident and Lincoln-

Way East alumna Marissa

Ambrosino and Joliet

resident and Sandburg

alumna Erica Stillwell.

The concept for the

new salon came about

when the women’s father-in-laws,

both business

owners, approached

the group with the idea.

“We came and looked

at the place, and it needed

a little work, and we

looked at a couple of other

places as well,” Carlson

said. “We came back

to here because it was a

great location.”

Carlson described the

trio as “basically sisters.”

She is best friends with

Stillwell and is married

to Ambrosino’s brother,

and the three women previously

worked together

for nearly a decade at

the Mokena-based Planet

Color Hair Salon.

“We knew each others’

work and how we dealt

with clients and how we

dealt with a salon atmosphere,”

she said. “So, it

all worked out well.”

As a full-service salon,

Evolve Hair Salon offers

color, texture and styling

services, as well as makeup,

waxing and eyelash

extensions. On Mondays,

the salon takes men’s


“We have barbers from

the old salon that used to

be here — it was called

Antonio’s Hair Salon,”

Carlson said. “So, all the

people from Antonio’s

work from us too, and

they were in Frankfort for

a very long time.”

For Carlson, who

graduated from the Saint

Xavier University business

school in 2007, salon

work became a way

to combine her field of

study with her passion for

the beauty industry.

“I became interested

when I started to play a

little bit with hair color

when I was in college,

but I never really thought

that I would be a hair

stylist,” she said. “I ended

up being a combination

between a business

person and a hair stylist.

It worked out well.”

Stillwell said she found

an interest in the industry

as a high school student,

when one of her older

friends participated in a

beauty school program.

“Just by watching what

she was doing, I decided,

‘That’s what I want to

do,’” Stillwell said.

Carlson said the group

went through “millions

of names” for their new

business before ultimately

settling on “Evolve

Hair Salon.”

“It kind of goes with

how we want our business

to run,” she said.

“We want things to be

ever-changing and upbeat

and modern.”

What sets Evolve Hair

Salon apart is the business’s

focus on all types

of services, both new and

traditional, Carlson said.

“There’s not just one

type of stylist in here,”

Stillwell added. “There’s

people who are getting

a weekly roller-set perm

to somebody getting the

fashion mermaid hair

that’s out there right


The salon plans to host

a grand opening on Sunday,

June 23, to introduce

the Frankfort community

to the new business.

“We’re going to do

a day DJ brunch kind

of a thing, with music

and food,” Carlson

said. ‘We’ll be raffling

off prizes, all of the new

products we’ll be selling.”

Above all else, Carlson

said she hopes customers

have a relaxing

and unique experience

when they walk through

the doors at Evolve Hair


“If they’re looking for

something specific, if

they’re looking for something

that they’ve always

gotten, we just want them

to have exactly what

they’ve come in looking

for,” she said.

Elise Carlson styles a client’s hair.

Evolve Hair Salon co-owners (left to right) Erica Stillwell, Elise Carlson and

Marissa Ambrosino launched the new business in January. Photos submitted life & arts

the new lenox patriot | June 20, 2019 | 25


Fraud and internet scams this month’s TRIAD topic

Kathie Johnson

Director of Family Services for

New Lenox Township

For at least the past

year, I have been

hearing that the

most effective way to

prevent criminals from

using your information to

steal your identity is to put

a freeze on your credit. I

have to tell you that I was

a bit intimidated by the

sound of “freezing your

credit”. So, after procrastinating

for several months,

I thought I would do some

research and share it with


First of all, what is a

credit freeze? This is a

free tool that lets you

restrict the access to other

people and possibly criminals

from seeing your

credit report. By putting

a freeze on your credit, it

makes it more difficult for

identity thieves to open

new accounts in your


A credit freeze:

• Does not affect your

credit score.

• Does not cost you

any money because credit

freezes are free in all


• Does not prevent you

from getting your free annual

credit report

• Does keep you from

opening a new account,

applying for a job, renting

an apartment, or buying

insurance. But if you are

doing any of these, you

will need to lift the freeze


• Lifting the freeze temporarily

or permanently is

also free.

• Does not prevent a

thief from making charges

to your existing accounts.

You still need to monitor

all bank, credit card and

insurance statements for

fraudulent transactions.

How do I place a freeze

on my credit reports?

• You’ll need to supply

your name, address, date

of birth, Social Security

number and other personal


• After receiving your

freeze request, each

credit bureau will provide

you with a unique PIN

(personal identification

number) or password.

Keep the PIN or password

in a safe place. You will

need it if you choose to

lift the freeze.

• Contact each of the

nationwide credit bureaus:

• Equifax at (800) 685-

1111 OR


• Experian at (888)

397-3742 OR Experian.


• Transunion at (888)

909-8872 OR transunion.


• You will receive a PIN

code that you can use to

freeze and unfreeze your

credit report, as needed.

How do I lift a freeze?

Can I unfreeze my

credit freeze temporarily?

• If you opt for a temporary

lift because you are

applying for credit or a

job, and you can find out

which credit bureau the

business will contact for

your file, you can save

some time by lifting the

freeze only at that particular

credit bureau. Otherwise,

you need to make

the request with all three

credit bureaus.

• A freeze remains in

place until you ask the

credit bureau to temporarily

lift it or remove it

altogether. If the request

is made online or by

phone, a credit bureau

must lift a freeze within

one hour. If the request

is made by mail, then

the bureau must lift the

freeze no later than three

business days after getting

your request. This is also

a free service.

Credit freezes can create

delays and problems when

credit is needed quickly in

the case of applying for a

loan, credit card, or even a

job hunt. During a freeze

period, most companies

will not extend credit until

they check one’s credit

file with one or three

major credit bureaus. This

checking takes time and

can create delays for you.

Many think a better

alternative to a credit

freeze is to sign up for

a fraud alert. What is

a fraud alert? This is

where a credit reporting

agency puts a warning on

consumers’ credit reports.

This alerts potential lenders

to verify the identity

of anyone attempting to

open an account in a

consumer’s name in order

to validate the legitimate

applicant before granting

any credit. My July article

in the Patriot will explain

more about fraud alerts so

be sure and look for it.

Our Thursday, June 27

TRIAD meeting, “Fraud

and Internet Scams” will

be at 1:30 p.m. at the New

Lenox Police Department,

200 Veterans Parkway,

in the training room. For

more information call Kathie

at New Lenox Township,

(815) 717-6221.

Poetry Corner

JOHN 5:24

Marcia Horan, New Lenox resident

Who can unwind the natural process

of going from birth to death?

Who can cause an unborn child to go

from womb to breath?

Who knows all our inward thoughts

that torment heart and soul;

The trouble, struggle, trials and worry

that always takes its toll?

God can take my angry mind and bitter

heart to launder;

Only He can spot, remove,

and send my stains asunder.

Can anyone but God alone send His

Son and Spirit down

And cause His Son to taste death’s

sting to turn these things around?

Praise and gratitude, hope and love

grow only in His garden.

They grow well, are fertilized by the

solution of His pardon.

Nature’s bent and all life’s flow ages

and has an end,

But the journey is eternal bliss because

Jesus, God did send.

From life to death nature’s mortal

story, no balm to do the healing;

From death to life, made pure, redeemed,

the cross – eternal sealing.

Most assuredly Christ’s story calls

wherever God’s word is said.

It holds out hope, it holds out life to all

the spiritually dead.

Can anyone but God alone send a life

preserver down

And cause us to pass from death to life

and turn these things around?


From Page 22

Meets every Wednesday

at 7:30 p.m. For more

information visit

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 Landing

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

Wednesday. This is a

group to help teens break

free from hurts, hang-ups

and addictions. There is

no charge. For more information,

search for Freedom

Haus on Facebook.

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

Road, New Lenox)

Men’s Bible Study

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

For more information,

call (815) 462-7700.

Parkview Christian Church (2121 S.

Schoolhouse Road, New Lenox)

Worship Services

4 p.m. Saturdays; 8:30

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

a.m. Sundays.

Peace Lutheran Church (1900 E. Lincoln

Highway, New Lenox)

Church Services

5 p.m. Saturdays; 8:30

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

The Journey Church (14414 W. Ford

Drive, New Lenox)

Worship Service

10 a.m. Sundays.

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


26 | June 20, 2019 | the new lenox patriot life & arts

Hitting the right


Lincoln-Way Rock Orchestra puts on summer concert

Lincoln-Way Rock Orchestra Concertmaster Alex DeBello, of New Lenox, performs

Friday, June 14, during the group’s 2019 “Summer Rock Rewind” concert at Lincoln-

Way Central. Photos by Bob Klein/22nd Century Media

Musicians in the cello section follow along with the sheet music.

Stacy Willima-Jackson conducts the concert.

Students perform an orchestral version of “Sweet Child O’Mine” by American rock

band Guns N’ Roses. new lenox

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First of four more for the ladies

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Orland Park resident April Koerber wears spring fashions found at Orland Park Crossing on Thursday, June 13,

during The Leading Image’s fashion show at 22nd Century Media’s Ladies Night Out - Summer Social. Photos by

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Personal stylist and image consultant Jenny Applegate,

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Calderon (left) and Vanessa Alvarez cheer for her.

Jason Verbeek, of New Lenox, sits outside of his Grow

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Night Out – Summer Social.

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• 3511 Edgecreek

Court, New Lenox,

60451-8607 - Derek

Hamann to Amanda M.

St. Louis, Jonathan P.

St. Louis


• 2110 Daniel Lewis

Drive, New Lenox,

60451-3498 - Camelot

Homes Inc to Adriel O.

Almazan, $400,000

May 08

• 212 Hauser Court,

New Lenox, 60451-

1439 - David J Thorne

to Yvonne E. Banik,


• 971 Redcliff Road,

New Lenox, 60451-

3556 - D.R. Horton Inc.

to Anna J. Rychtarczyk,


May 09

• 331 E Circle Drive,

New Lenox, 60451-

9757 - Virginia B.

Leonhart Trustee to

Craig S. Hamburger,


• 156 Batson Court,

New Lenox, 60451-

1426 - First Bank Of

Manhattan Trustee

to Beverly A. Matiz,


May 10

• 413 Manor Court A,

New Lenox, 60451-

1676 - Hoffenkamp

Land Trust to Michael J.

Gotsch, $125,000

• 808 Winter Park

Drive, New Lenox,

60451-3104 - Prim

Trust to Francis M.

Ottole, $155,000

• 918 Foxwood Court,

New Lenox, 60451-

1491 - Brian D. Miller

to Helima Bass,


• 3220 Lightning

Court, New Lenox,

60451-5609 - Belinda

Serrano to Daniel

William Scheidt,


• 2925 Royal Court,

New Lenox, 60451-

2550 - Shafer Trust

to Thomas E. Jieik,


May 13

• 1540 Duchess Ave.

New Lenox, 60451-

2573 - Jeffrey B.

Simmons to Joseph

Barton, Aimme Barton


• 1641 Edmonds Ave.

New Lenox, 60451-

1999 - Eric D. Farris to

Timothy F. Bledermann,

Anita L. Bledermann


May 14

• 1665 Monarch Ave.

New Lenox, 60451-

2564 - Fennema

Trust to Jeffrey Bruce

Richardson, Robyn

Renee Richardson


May 15

• 748 Brockwood

Road, New Lenox,

60451-9772 - Brian

Karpus to Anthony

James Rutkowski,

Jessica Lynn Jakich


• 1613 Stonebridge

Drive, New Lenox,

60451-2325 - Lauren

A. Kielbasa to

Christopher D. Roberts,

Kelly M. Roberts


• 2880 Sharon Drive,

New Lenox, 60451-

3433 - William A.

Gedroc to Richard

D. Hooper, Diane L.

Hooper $304,000

• 1355 Hickory Creek

Drive, New Lenox,

60451-3450 - Kyle A.

Ganbarg to Brian J.

Marnell, $345,000

• 721 Wellington

Parkway, New Lenox,

60451-9551 - Jessica

Pena to Mario Vu, Yen

Nguyen $355,000

• 1450 Pine Grove

Lane, New Lenox,

60451-9646 - Teresa

L. Slepawic to James

Cha, Ruta Cha


May 17

• 210 Fir St. New

Lenox, 60451-1431 -

Raymond P. Rowswell

to Drew Petrow,


• 3117 Blandford

Ave. New Lenox,

60451-8629 - Brian

G. Wasowicz Trustee

to Jeremy E. Catellier,

Carissa Catellier


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by Record Information

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information, visit www. or call

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LW Area preferred

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Holy Spirit, you who solve

all problems, light all roads so

that I can achieve my goal.

You who give me adivine gift

to forgive and forget all evil

against me and that in all my

life are with me. Iwant this

short prayer tothank you for

all things you confirm once

again that Inever want to be

separated from you, even in

spite of all material illusions. I

wish to be with you in eternal

joy and thank you for your

mercy towards meand mine.

The person must say this

prayer for 3consecutive days.

After 3 days the favor requested

will be granted even if

it seems difficult. The prayer

must be published immediately

after the favor is granted without

mention ofthe favor, only

your initials should appear at

the bottom. S.S.

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Homer Glen 13730 W Cavecreek

Ct. 6/21-6/23 8am-4pm


signs, clothes, toys, sports

equip, collectibles, tools, Holiday,

housewares, office &

school items, books, CDs,

DVDs, records & more!

Homer Glen 14057 Camdan

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shine - lots of fun stuff!

Mokena 19457 Stonehenge Dr

6/20-6/22 9-2pm Empty nest

special! 3 kids & 30 years

worth of stuff must go!

New Lenox 1267 Edmonds

6/21 & 6/22 9-3pm Tools!

MCM furniture, wood stove,

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Tinley Park 17700 Bayberry

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1053 Multi Family


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Lockport 805 Maryknoll Dr.

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Tinley Park 167th and Fairfax

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1058 Moving Sale

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Dr 6/21 & 6/22 9-3pm

furniture and awhole garage

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2703 Legal


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

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.















WHEREAS, Section 35-5 of the Illinois

Public Library District Act

of 1991, 75 ILCS 16/35-5, authorizes

the New Lenox Public Library

District (“Library District”) to levy

an additional tax of 0.02% of the

value of all the taxable property in

the Library District, as equalized or

assessed by the Department of

Revenue, for the purchase of sites

and buildings, for the construction

and equipment of buildings, for the

rental of buildings required for Library

District purposes, and for the

maintenance, repairs and alterations

of Library District buildings

and equipment.


ORDAINED by the Board of Library

Trustees of the Library District

that it hereby determines to

levy an additional tax of 0.02% of

the value of all the taxable property

in the Library District, asequalized

or assessed by the Department of

Revenue, for the purchase of sites

and buildings, for the construction

and equipment of buildings, for the

rental of buildings required for Library

District purposes, and for the

maintenance, repairs and alterations

of Library District buildings

and equipment.


that within fifteen (15) days after

the adoption ofthis Ordinance, the

Secretary shall publish it in accordance

with Section 1-30 of the Illinois

Public Library District Act of

1991, 75 ILCS 16/1-30, at least

once in one or more newspapers

published in the District, or if no

newspaper is published therein,

then in one or more newspapers

with ageneral circulation within

the District, and shall, within the

same time period, publish notice of

(i) the specific number of voters required

tosign apetition requesting

that the question of the adoption of

the ordinance be submitted to the

electors ofthe District, (ii) the time

in which the petition must befiled,

and (iii) the date of the prospective

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that if no petition isfiled with the

Board of Library Trustees ofthe

Library District within thirty (30)

days after the aforesaid publication,

the District shall then proceed

with the levy ofsaid additional tax.

However, if within the thirty (30)

day period apetition is filed with

the Board of Library Trustees,

signed by 2,697 electors of the District

(being 10% or more of the total

number ofregistered voters in

the Library District), asking that

the question of levying such a

0.02% tax be submitted tothe electors

of the Library District, the

question shall be submitted at the

next regular election, being the primary

election ofMarch 17, 2020.

If a majority of votes cast upon the

question are infavor thereof, the

Board of Library Trustees may

levy the additional tax. The Secretary

ofthe Library District shall

provide apetition form to any individual

requesting one.

ADOPTED this 10th day of June,

2019, pursuant to a roll call vote as





/s/ Edward A. Tatro



/s/ Michelle Monbrod


Published bymethis 10th day of

June, 2019



) SS




I, Michelle Monbrod, the duly

qualified and acting Secretary

of the Board of Library Trustees

of the New Lenox Public Library

District, Will County, Illinois, and

the keeper of the records thereof,

do hereby certify that attached

hereto is atrue and correct copy of

an Ordinance entitled:















adopted ataregular meeting ofthe

said Board of Library Trustees at

which a quorum was present held

pursuant to the Illinois Open Meetings

Act on the 10th day of June



have hereunto set my hand

this 10th day of June, 2019.

/s/ Michelle Monbrod



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Ruskowsky, Zordani also honored


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STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Matt Monahan, a Lincoln-Way

West graduate,

was named an honorable

mention NAIA All-American.

Monahan is the first St.

Xavier player to receive

All-American honors

since 2010.

The junior third baseman

hit .370 and led the

Chicagoland Collegiate

Athletic Conference in hits

(81) and RBI (60). He was

named the CCAC Player

of the Year.

Monahan ranked 10th in

the nation in NAIA in hits

per game with 1.59.

He led the Cougars to a

CCAC regular-season title

and a spot in the NAIA National


Monahan was not the

only LW West alum honored

for a starring role at

Big changes ahead for IHSA

boys, girls basketball state finals

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

The Illinois High School

Association announced

last week a format change

for the boys and girls state

basketball finals. Beginning

in 2021, the finals

for all four classes in girls

basketball will be held

over one three-day weekend,

with all four classes

of boys being contested

the following weekend.

In the past, Classes 1A

and 2A were held over

one weekend, with 3A and

Lincoln-Way West graduate and St. Xavier junior Matt

Monahan was named an NAIA honorable mention All-


St. Xavier this spring.

Softball star Amanda

Ruskowsky was named

second-team All-Region

by the National Fastpitch

Coaches Association. Ruskowsky

was a two-way

threat as she hit .350 with

41 RBI and went 11-4 as a

pitcher with a 2.24 ERA.

4A the next.

Under the new format,

16 games will be played

each week, from Thursday

to Saturday, and the championship

games in all four

classes will be held on the

same Saturday.

The hope is the change

will boost attendance. It

prevents the large-class

boys finals from conflicting

with the highly-popular

opening weekend of

the NCAA Tournament, as

it has in recent years.

“There has been a great

LW West graduate Ben

Zordani, another leader

of the Cougars’ baseball

team, was named an NAIA

scholar athlete. The award

is open to junior and senior

athletes with a cumulative

GPA of at least 3.5.

Zordani hit .246 with 21


deal of support for this

new tournament format

over the past few months,”

IHSA Executive Director

Craig Anderson said in a

press release. “We tried to

be as transparent as possible,

communicating the

idea and seeking feedback

from basketball coaches

and school administrators

throughout the state

in a variety of ways. It

was fairly unanimous that

most felt like it was {an}

idea worth trying.”

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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Kylee Brandau

Kylee Brandau recently finished her

senior season on the Lincoln-Way West

soccer team.

How would you say the season


I think our season started off really

strong as a team. Then mid-season we

did hit a little rough patch but as a team

we worked out of it. By the end, we were

playing our strongest of the season. I

think as an individual, the top of my play

was towards the end of the season.

When did you start playing soccer?

I started when I was 3, but I didn’t treat

it as something important in my life until

I was around 7 or 8.

What have you learned from coach

[Jeff] Theiss during your career?

I learned from coach Theiss to never

give up. He definitely would motivate

me in the middle of a game, we could be

down at the time and he would find a way

to say something to motivate us and stay

focused on the task at hand.

What was your favorite memory

while playing on the team at

Lincoln-Way West?

We were playing in the Windy City

Classic championship game at [SeatGeek

Stadium, home of the Chicago Fire]. My

favorite moment was when I scored and

feeling the support from the whole team.

The fans and teammates cheering were


Any particular pregame rituals?

As a team, we have our jam sessions

on the bus and huddle together. During

the national anthem, we kick each other’s

feet, going down the line.

What went into the decision to

play at University of Wisconsin-


I felt really comfortable with the campus

and the food was good, too. I loved


the teammates that I was meeting, and I

thought the way the coach was running

the soccer program was how I wanted my

college soccer experience to go. It was a

way I could fit my academics and athletics

together while being happy with my

choice of school.

Who would you say your favorite

athlete is?

Tim Tebow, because he prioritizes religion

and he always thanks God for what

he’s accomplished. I take religion into account

with my life, too, and that’s something

cool to see from a professional athlete.

Favorite Sport other than soccer?

I really like hockey. I enjoy watching

most sports, but I like the high intensity

of hockey.

Favorite thing to do in your


I like to go on adventures. I enjoy being

outside and just riding my bike somewhere,

seeing where the trail takes me.

Any soccer or personal goals for

the future?

Keep pushing myself to be the best soccer

player and athlete I can be. Making

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Girls Basketball

Lincoln-Way Central looking for summer improvement

JOE BIELANSKI, Editorial Intern

The Lincoln-Way Central

Knights look to use

the summer to build off of

last year. In 2018-19, the

Knights girls’ basketball

team went 13-15 overall

and 5-7 in conference

play while battling injuries

most of the season. They

lost their playoff opener, a

regional semifinal against


The summer league is

a great way to build team

chemistry and iron out any

wrinkles going into the


Central coach Dave

Campanile understands

the importance of these

offseason games to get the

team ready to start off on

the right foot.

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“The summer is big for

us,” Campanile said. “We

always talk about the first

day of camp, and the first

thing I say is, ‘The 2019-

2020 season starts today. It

doesn’t start in October, it

doesn’t start on November

first, it starts June first.’”

Campanile plans to

use the summer season to

evaluate the team and help

determine its strengths and


“Summer basketball is

very big for us, to be able

to get that momentum

and give us a better idea

of who we can count on,”

Campanile said. “We really

want to build on our

league, when we go away

to team camp and figure

out our identity.”

Campanile hopes leadership

will continue to develop

over the summer.

“We had some good senior

leaders here,” Campanile

said. “Not even

just senior leadership, but

returning varsity leaders.

Haley Stoklosa and Regan

LoConte did a really great


The Knights will also

rely on some newcomers,

as well as underclassmen

who are moving into a bigger


“We have had a couple

of young players step up,”

Campanile said. “It’s good

to have that competition

during the summer and

have players be competing

against each other.”

Returning senior and

leader Regan LoConte

looks to have an even bigger

impact with the team.

LoConte is a sharpshooting,

three-point specialist

who hit 79 shots

from beyond the arc last

season. She averaged 12.4

points per game and 1.8


“I would say since I’m a

senior, I feel like I have to

step up for us as a leader,”

LoConte said. “I want to

make sure my teammates

feel comfortable and I

want to get the ball to my

teammates when they’re

open and be more of a vocal


Also looking to be a

leader on the team, returning

junior Haley Stoklosa

looks forward to the season

ahead and the challenges

it will bring.

One of the Knights’

toughest tasks will be filling

the void left by Abi

Baumgartner, who was

the inside complement to

LoConte’s outside game

last season. Baumgartner,

who’s headed to play

basketball at Wisconsin-

Whitewater, averaged 10.3

points and 6.4 rebounds

last season.

Stoklosa had a big

sophomore season and is

a versatile player for the


“Definitely these games

allow us to see how our

team plays, since a lot

of seniors left this year,”

Stoklosa said. “Playing

against these teams in the

future, we can see how we

are able to get open to be

able to score.”

The Knights opened the

summer schedule with a

win over crosstown rival

Providence and look to

use that momentum going

into the rest of the summer


“[These games] also allow

us to see how we will

Lincoln-Way Central’s Regan LoConte hopes to

continue to develop as a team leader over the summer.

Rising junior Haley Stoklosa will be counted on heavily

by Lincoln-Way Central next season.


play defense on them,”

Stoklosa said. “There’s

only four seniors on the

team this year, it helps us

get to know the team and

be able to bond like we did

last year.”

This summer, LoConte

hopes that playing together

can help create a chemistry

that will help the Knights

in the regular season.

“Last year we were able

to know what our teammates

were saying without

them actually saying anything,”

LoConte said. “We

became that close, so we

just want to be able to get

the plays down and work

as a team more since there

is new players.” sports

the new lenox patriot | June 20, 2019 | 43


Providence graduate Koziol continues

chasing dream as Joliet Slammers closer

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Ryan Koziol has had

more than his fair of setbacks

throughout his

baseball career. The most

heartbreaking one came on

March 18, when the San

Francisco Giants released


Koziol, a Providence

graduate, pitched well after

catching on with the Giants

as a free agent. In three

seasons with the organization,

split between Class

A and Rookie League, he

compiled a 6-4 record and

a 3.09 ERA over 81 appearances,

all out of the


He had nine saves, all

in 2016 with the Class A

Augusta Greenjackets, and

struck out 88 in 116 2/3 innings.

Still, the Giants decided

to let him go prior to this


Koziol, however, was

never inclined to hang up

his jersey and look for work

outside of baseball.

“I knew right away I

wanted to find another

team,” he said. “I love

baseball. It’s been my favorite

thing to do since

I was 3 years old and I

couldn’t imagine walking

away right now. I still have

more in the tank and I want

to give everything I’ve got

for as long as I can.”

Koziol’s new opportunity

came quickly, and close

to home. On March 27, he

signed with the Joliet Slammers,

the defending champions

in the independent

Frontier League.

“I felt like I got a small

unfair shake with the Giants

and that’s why I’m

here in Joliet to prove myself,”

Koziol said. “All I

can do is keep working

hard and hope somebody

gives me another shot in

the future.”

If Koziol continues to

pitch the way he has over

the first month of the Frontier

League season, it likely

won’t be long before he

gets that shot.

Koziol earned the closer’s

role with Joliet and has

thrived. Through June 12, he

had pitched in 11 games, going

2-1 with five saves and a

0.71 ERA while striking out

13 and walking just three in

12 2/3 innings.

“I wanted to come in and

show that I could still do it,”

Koziol said. “I had some

closing experience in the

Giants minor leagues and

I wanted to show that I’ve

still got it.

“So far, I’ve been happy

with the way I’ve pitched.

We haven’t been clicking

on all cylinders as a team,

but we’re trying to get there,

putting in the work to get

better every day.”

Koziol said it takes a special

mentality to be a closer.

His experience closing with

Augusta and at Illinois State

has helped prepare him.

“It’s tricky,” he said. “A

lot of nights, I have no idea

if I’m going to pitch or not.

You have to be ready at a

moment’s notice. The other

night, we scored three in the

ninth and I had to get hot really

quick. It takes some focus

and determination, but I

think I’m very ready for the


Providence graduate Ryan Koziol is having success as

the closer for the Joliet Slammers. Adam Jomant/joliet


A pitcher’s heart

Koziol’s stint in independent

ball is just the latest

chapter in what’s been

a roller coaster of a career.

His and his family’s decision

for him to transfer

from Brother Rice to Providence

before his senior

season sparked a huge controversy.

He had become

a highly-valued prospect

who was likely to be drafted

by a MLB team out of

high school, but concerns

over injuries to his pitching

arm derailed that.

Koziol then ended up

bouncing around through

his college career, going

from Arizona to Gulf

Coast State College to Illinois


He was determined to

be a pitcher, but was used

only as an infielder during

his freshman season at Arizona.

At Gulf Coast, Koziol

was able to prove himself

as a two-way player,

and Illinois State recruited

him to pitch and be a position


In his one season at Illinois

State in 2015, Koziol

was a productive hitter

- totaling a .298 average,

37 RBI and 47 runs while

starting 52 games at third

base. He struggled a bit

more while pitching out of

the bullpen, going 1-4 with

a 6.64 ERA and five saves.

Still, pitching was his


“When I was at Illinois

State, all the scouts talking

to me were all about

pitching,” he said. “In high

school, the pro scouts were

looking at me as a pitcher.

Surgery senior year kind

of derailed that. I always

knew I was a pitcher,

though. My dad [Ed] was

a pro pitcher in the minors.

It’s in my blood. In my

heart, I always wanted to

be a pitcher.”

Koziol will continue his

push to get back to affiliated

ball, while giving the

Slammers all he has in the


“I’ve been everywhere,”

he said. “I have a great

support system with my

parents, my family, my

fiancee. They all want

me to continue living my


Lincoln-Way Central’s Amanda Weyh was named first

team All-State by the Illinois Coaches Association. 22ND


New Lenox softball

players receive All-

State honors

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Lincoln-Way Central

pitcher/outfielder Amanda

Weyh was named to the

Class 4A All-State softball

first team by the Illinois

Coaches Association.

Weyh, a Lindenwood

recruit, was dominant with

her arm and her bat in her

senior season.

She went 13-1 with a

0.45 ERA in the circle,

striking out 103 in 78 2/3

innings. She also hit .430

with seven home runs, 35

RBI and 25 runs.

LW Central’s Carly Alvers,

LW West’s Molly

Ryan, Providence’s Shannon

Smith and Marist’s

Easton Lotus – a New

Lenox resident – were all

named second team All-


Alvers hit .461 with six

home runs and 36 RBI as a

sophomore third baseman

for the Knights.

Ryan, a Toledo recruit,

made her junior season at

West a memorable one as

she hit .416 with seven

home runs, 31 RBI and 37


Smith, the GCAC Red

Player of the Year, hit .432

with nine home runs and

54 RBI as a senior catcher

for the Celtics.

Lotus was a highlyproductive

leadoff hitter

for Marist, which finished

fourth in the state in Class


LW Central’s Gabby

Gedville and Ashley

Platek, and Providence’s

Teagan Sopczak were

named third team All-


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22nd Century Media chose the best girls soccer 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, Lockport Township, Tinley Park and

Sandburg high schools.

—Compiled by 22nd Century Media staff




Nicolette Gossage,

senior, LW Central

26 goals, 18 assists.

All-State, All-SWSC Red.

One of the top players in

the southwest suburbs.

Headed to Northern

Illinois for soccer.

Ella Hase, junior,


7 goals, 8 assists. SWSC

Blue Player of the Year.

The verbal commit to

Northwestern scored a

goal in a 2-1 win over

Marist this year for a

regional title.

Sara Loichinger, senior,

LW West

16 goals, 10 assists.

All-State, All-SWSC Red,

All-Tournament (Windy

City). The LW West MVP

and captain is heading

to Olivet Nazarene.




Megan Hutchinson,

sophomore, LW Central

31 goals, 9 assists. All-

Sectional, All-SWSC Red.

Seemingly scored at will

against most. Committed

to Purdue to continue her

soccer career.

Megan Nemec, senior,


23 goals, 13 assists.

SWSC Red Player of

the Year. All-State,

All-Tournament (Windy

City Ram Classic). The

captain of the T-Bolts

was versatile.

Amber Brooks, senior,

LW East

1 goal, 1 assist. All-

Sectional. The hardworking

captain for the

Griffins was a leader,

despite an injury the last

quarter of season.




First team

Maddie Manzke, senior,


13 goals, 3 assists. All-

Sectional, All-SWSC Blue.

She had the lone goal in

a sectional semifinal win

over LW West, plus two

goals against Downers

Grove South.

Lauren Newton, senior,


19 goals, 7 assists.

All-Sectional. All-SSC.

She had two goals in a

regional championship

game against Marian


Natalie Miller, senior,


4 goals, 4 assists. All-

Sectional, All-SWSC Blue.

The Porters’ captain

was great in 1-on-1

situations, leading the

attack from the flank. St.

Ambrose next year.

second team


Brooke Johnston, senior, LW East

15 goals, 4 assists. All-Sectional.

All-SWSC Blue.

Sam Koppers, senior, Andrew

13 goals, 4 assists. All-SWSC Red.

Erin Jaskierski, junior, Andrew

9 goals, 7 assists.


Abbey Ward, junior, LW Central

15 assists, 5 goals. All-Sectional.

All-SWSC Red.

Alex Dennis, senior, Andrew

11 goals, 6 assists. All-Sectional,

All-SWSC Red.

Kylee Brandau, senior, LW West

5 goals, 2 assists. All-Sectional, All-


Cameron Korhorn, junior,


6 goals, 10 assists. All-Sectional,



Samantha Sarna, senior, LW West

3 assists. All-SWSC Red. Involved in

7 shutouts this season.

Lindsay Graham, senior, Providence

3 goals, 2 assists. All-Sectional HM,


Jennifer Latoza, senior, Lockport

All-SWSC Blue.


Reagan Tompkins, junior, Lockport

15 shutouts, .52 goals against



Nicole Koppers, junior,


The top T-Bolts defender

was a strong presence

on the field and part of

15 shutouts in 2019.


Gabby Sportiello, senior,


15 wins, 11 shutouts, .47

goals against average.

All-Sectional, All-SWSC

Red. The Thunderbolts’

captain might be the

best keeper in Andrew’s


Honorable mentions:

F: Arienne Monteclar, junior, Sandburg; Haley Moustis, senior, LW East; Finley

Travis, senior, Lockport; Gabi Guerra, junior, Tinley.

M: Emma Goyola, sophomore, Tinley; Megan O’Neill, senior, Andrew; Bella

Corluka, sophomore, Sandburg; Erin O’Connor, freshman, Sandburg; RoseMarie

Richardson, freshman, Sandburg; Kayleigh Hanlon, junior, LW East; Chloe Barrett,

junior, Lockport; Anna Waishwell, junior, LW East.

D: Amanda Yaeger, sophomore, LW West; Sarah Matuszek, freshman, Lockport;

Alexa Simonsis, sophomore, Tinley.

46 | June 20, 2019 | the new lenox patriot sports

Hunniford brothers team up on baseball field

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

When Drew Hunniford

committed to play baseball

at St. Xavier and his

older brother, Justin, decided

to transfer from

North Central College to

St. Xavier to play football,

the brothers began

dreaming about having a

chance to be teammates.

Justin Hunniford also

played baseball at Providence,

where both brothers

graduated from. While

he planned to devote all

his energy to playing

quarterback for the Cougars,

he knew he would

have one spring open after

completing his senior season

on the gridiron.

“We always kind of

joked around about it,

messed with each other

about it,” Drew Hunniford

said. “But then it became


The Hunnifords played

together on the St. Xavier

baseball team this spring.

Justin, who was the

Mid-States Football Association

Midwest League

Offensive Player of the

Year in the fall, put on a

baseball jersey for the first

time since his senior year

of high school in 2015.

“I figured after football

was done, my last semester,

I’d like to give baseball

a shot,” Justin Hunniford

said. “I’m really

happy I did it. It was a lot

of fun. The guys on the

team were very accepting

and made me feel really

welcome right away.

“Having my brother out

there was awesome. I’ve

watched him his entire

career and he’s watched

me, so to be able to finally

play with him was great.”

Back on the diamond

Justin Hunniford was

unsure how much playing

time he’d get in his return

to baseball, but he ended

up being St. Xavier’s mostused

pitcher out of the bullpen.

He made 17 appearances

and went 2-2 with a 6.11

ERA. After some early

struggles, he was a dependable

weapon down the

stretch for the Chicagoland

Collegiate Athletic Conference


“I hadn’t thrown a baseball

competitively since

high school,” he said. “I always

threw batting practice

to Drew in the summers,

but nothing with max velocity

or anything like that.

“It took a bit to get past

that rust, but it came back

fairly quickly.”

By the end of the season,

St. Xavier coach Rocco

Mossuto felt comfortable

giving the ball to Justin

Hunniford with the game

on the line.

“We’re going to him in

these huge situations and

here’s this guy that’s been

with us four months,” Mossuto

said. “But he was a

starting quarterback. So,

it’s a different sport, but it’s

a guy that’s used to having

to be clutch.”

From his spot in the outfield,

Drew Hunniford was

always excited to watch his

brother pitch.

“He came in after not

playing for four years and

he did really well,” Drew

said. “He locked it down

when he needed to. It was

like he never skipped a beat

from high school. It was really


“When I’m out there

and I see Justin come in,

I’m happy because I feel

like we’re going to get out

of the inning quicker. I’ve

seen him in high-pressure

situations, and I know what

he can do.”

Fun for the family

Before having the chance

to play together, the Hunnifords

both spent a lot of

time in the stands cheering

the other on.

“Growing up, we always

fought like all siblings, but

we’ve always been there

for each other,” Drew Hunniford

said. “I’d go to his

football games, he’d come

to a lot of my baseball

games, but being together

for every game this season

was great.”

Drew, a sophomore,

also had a huge impact on

the Cougars as their leadoff

hitter. He hit .330 with

three home runs, 31 RBI

and 61 runs in 50 games.

He made huge improvements

from his freshman

year, when he hit .226.

“It was a huge leap mentally,”

he said. “I became a

lot more comfortable in the

role I was going to play,

felt 100 percent confident

leading off. The team we

had made it impossible not

to be confident. We had so

much fun together, team

morale was high, and everyone

fed off each other.”

While Drew still has

two more seasons with the

Cougars, Justin has graduated

and started his football

coaching career at Hersey

High School in Arlington

Heights, where he’s set to

be a student teacher in the


You can bet he will be

in the stands for Drew’s

games whenever possible.

As memorable as this

season was for the brothers,

it was perhaps even

more meaningful for their

parents, Matt and Carol.

Providence graduate Justin Hunniford joined the St. Xavier baseball team for his

senior season and had a role in the bullpen.

Providence graduate Drew Hunniford starred as St. Xavier’s leadoff hitter while

playing with his brother, Justin. PHOTOS COURTESY OF ST. XAVIER ATHLETICS

“I think my parents really

enjoyed it,” Justin Hunniford

said. “They were able

to come to a lot of games.

It was really cool for us

both to walk off the field

together and go see them

as opposed to me walking

off the football field and

approaching the three of

them or Drew walking off

the baseball field and approaching

the three of us.

“It was just a really special

season for all of us.” sports

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steve millar/22nd century


1st and 3




1. Megan Hutchinson

Hutchinson (above)

had a huge first

high school season

as a sophomore for

Lincoln-Way Central

soccer, pouring

in 31 goals and

adding nine assists

despite missing

several games due

to an injury. She’s

already committed

to Purdue.

2. Ryan Kraft

Another LW

Central star who’s

already committed

to a Big 10 school

despite just finishing

his sophomore

season. Kraft,

who’s headed to Indiana,

hit .365 with

four home runs and

25 RBI and went

4-0 as a pitcher.

3. Allie Wondrasek

Wondrasek became

the ace of the LW

West softball team

as a freshman and

improved throughout

the season.


Next step for LW co-op star Behrens? Harvard


Sports Editor

Caroline Behrens’ college

choice ended up being

a no-brainer - as much

because of her brain as her

lacrosse skills.

Behrens is the star of

the Lincoln-Way co-op lacrosse

teams, which plays

its home games at Lincoln-Way

West, and just

finished her junior year at

LW East.

She found herself with

an opportunity too good to

pass up when Harvard offered

her a lacrosse scholarship.

She was quick to

commit to play for the


“Obviously, the academics

there are great, but

it wasn’t only that,” Behrens

said. “Being on campus

and walking around

just felt like home. I love

Cambridge and Boston. I

wanted a city feel around

me to be able to do interesting

things and I know

there’ll be great opportunities

for internships in


“Plus, the girls on the

team are really close-knit

and it’s a great atmosphere

with the team. It was just

the perfect place in all aspects.”

Behrens has played lacrosse

longer than almost

all her peers. While the

sport has caught on more

and more locally over the

last few years, there were

not many area girls trying

it out when Behrens started

playing in third grade.

“Having my brother out there was awesome. I’ve

watched him his entire career and he’s watched me,

so to be able to finally play with him was great.”

Justin Hunniford – Providence graduate, on playing baseball

with his brother, Drew, at St. Xavier

Back then, the thought

of playing the sport in college

seemed absurd. But

Behrens quickly developed

dreams of having a

future in lacrosse.

“When I first started, I

never thought I’d go down

this path,” Behrens said.

“By fifth or sixth grade,

though, I started to take it

more seriously and started

playing on more competitive

teams. By seventh

grade, I knew I wanted to

play in college.”

Behrens has blossomed

into one of Illinois’ top

lacrosse players. She’s

scored over 250 career


“She’s just so fast,” Lincoln-Way

coach Kathryn

Allison said. “She has the

footwork, the speed, the

agility and the all-around

IQ. She knows where to

be, she knows where everyone

else is and how to

avoid them. The knowledge

she has, she teaches

to everyone else on the


Behrens led Lincoln-

Way to a 17-2 record and

a spot in the IHSA Elite.

Lincoln-Way lost to Hinsdale

Central in the Andrew


“It’s great that we’re doing

so well,” Behrens said.

“It’s amazing. I’m super

excited about it, and hopefully

we can keep it going

for a long time.”

As successful as Behrens

has been on the lacrosse

field, she’s always

made academics her No.

1 priority. She has a 4.73

Tune In

GPA on a 4.0 scale.

“Academics have always

been a huge part of

my life,” she said. “It’s

academics before sports,

always. I’ve worked hard

in the classroom and to get

a chance to go to a school

like Harvard shows that

the hard work has really

paid off.”

Making the decision to

commit to Harvard was

a big weight off Behrens’


“It’s nice to not have

to worry too much about

what I’m doing in the future

because I already have

it planned out,” she said.

“It’s really exciting.”

Behrens has worked just

as hard on the lacrosse

field, continuing her progression

in the sport

through playing with one

of the area’s top club teams

- Team One Lacrosse - and

travelling to tournaments

and camps throughout the

country, especially in the

lacrosse hotbed that is the

East Coast.

“I definitely think I’m

a completely different

player now than when I

was a freshman,” she said.

“The camps I’ve been to

over summers, the teams

I’ve played on and played

against. My high school

team has helped me a ton,

too, and helped me develop

so much. I think I’m

such a better player now.

“There are a lot of

coaches who have helped

me get here, and the other

big thing has been the

work I put in on my own at

Girls Basketball

4 p.m., Tuesday, June 25

• Lincoln-Way Central at Lincoln-Way West

• The Knights and Warriors square off in a summer league game. Both

teams also take on Joliet Central later in the evening.

Lincoln-Way co-op star Caroline Behrens, one of the

top lacrosse players in the state, is committed to play at


home. I always make sure

that I get my work in.”

For Lincoln-Way lacrosse,

and for the growth

of the sport in the area in

general, Behrens is a shining

example of how far

one can go in lacrosse. Allison

hopes her story may

inspire more girls to play

the sport.

“She’s helped the

strength of our whole program

increase and it’s going

to continue to increase

because of players like

her,” Allison said. “I’m


going to be sad to see her


Luckily for Allison,

Behrens’ departure is still

a ways down the road.

Behrens figures to lead the

team again next season.

“I just really want to

build up our team chemistry

and help everyone

develop to be the best

player and person they can

be,” Behrens said. “It’s really

exciting to see how far

we’ve gone, and I want to

help our team keep building.”

45 – Team 22 Girls Soccer

41 – Athlete of the Week

FASTBREAK is compiled by Sports Editor

Steve Millar at

new lenox’s Hometown Newspaper | June 20, 2019


The area’s top players form

our Team 22 for girls soccer,

Page 45


LW Central girls basketball team

hopes to make strides in summer

league, Page 42

Ex-Celtic Justin Hunniford returns to baseball after four years to team up with brother Drew, Page 46

Providence Catholic graduates Justin (left) and Drew Hunniford teamed up on St. Xavier’s baseball team this spring. PHOTOS COURTESY OF ST. XAVIER ATHLETICS

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