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SATURDAY

Concerts at Ravinia

7 p.m. July 6 - Michael

McDonald and Chaka

Khan. 7:30 p.m. July 7 -

Ravinia Festival Orchestra

- The Music of Queen.

7:30 p.m. July 9 - Maxwell.

7:30 p.m. July 10 -

Lady Antebellum.

MONDAY

Sensory Friendly Magic

1-1:35 p.m. July 8,

Highland Park Public Library,

494 Laurel Ave.,

Highland Park. Experience

the magic of Jaime

Aponte as he amazes us

all. This one-of-a-king

show includes live animals,

daring, mystery and

illusion. This is a sensoryfriendly

program especially

for children with

special needs and their

families. Tickets are required.

TUESDAY

Tidying Up Like Marie

Kondo

5-6 p.m. July 9, Highland

Park Public Library,

494 Laurel Ave., Highland

Park. Learn the joys of

tidying. Join us to watch

clips to learn more about

Marie Kondo’s organization

methods and get

hands-on practice with her

folding techniques.

UPCOMING

Manet and Modern Beauty

- Behind the Scenes of the

Art Institute’s New Exhibit

10:30-11:30 a.m. July

10, Highland Park Public

Library, 494 Laurel Ave.,

Highland Park. Katie

Kemnitzer, research associate

in the department

of Eruopean painting and

sculpture at the Art Institute

of Chicago, discusses

the museum’s exhibit,

Manet and Modern Beauty,

the first Art Institute

exhibition devoted exclusively

to Manet in more

than 50 years, and the first

to focus on his transformative

last years.

Walking Outdoor

Meditation

2-3 p.m. July 10, Dayhouse

Coworking, 2057

Green Bay Road, Highland

Park. Spend a half day at

Dayhouse Meditation for

some serene time to work

and take a 30-minute walking

meditation outside

with in-house meditation

guru Vicki Hensley. This

event is free for Dayhouse

members and $20 for nonmembers.

To register visit

dayhousecoworking.com/

events-1.

Chicago Klezmer Ensemble

7-8:30 p.m. July 10,

Highland Park Public Library,

494 Laurel Ave.,

Highland Park. Enjoy

modern and traditional

klezmer music. Chicago

Klezmer Ensemble creates

original interpretations

and compositions. This

program is part of the Chicago

YIVO Society Summer

Festival of Yiddish

Culture.

Stories in the Woods

9:30-10:30 a.m. July 11,

Heller Nature Center, 2821

Ridge Road, Highland

Park. Engage in a handson

nature inspired activity.

Enjoy a story and take a

short hike with a naturalist.

No pre-registration is

required. It is $8 for one

adult and one child, and $3

for each additional child.

Prioritizing Your Business

Challenges

12-1 p.m. July 11, Dayhouse

Coworking, 2057

Green Bay Road, Highland

Park. You’re a busy

business owner. Not sure

which problems to tackle

first? Join Dayhouse Coworking

member Kanhai

Kapadia (Founder of KGK

Company) to refocus on

what matters: decisionmaking

strategies that successful

CEOs use to continuously

grow revenue

and profit, the real-world

stories that prove those

strategies and an AMA

session for fresh ideas on

your most frustrating challenges.

Free for Dayhouse

Coworking members, $20

for non-members.

Incredible Edible Earth

3-4 p.m. July 11, Highland

Park Public Library,

494 Laurel Ave., Highland

Park. Learn about the layers

of Earth and the Moon

with food. We’ll build

models using a cacophany

of confections. program

will take place in the meeting

room.

All Things Fishy

6-7:30 p.m. July 11,

Rosewood Beach Interpretive

Center, 883 Sheridan

Road, Highland Park.

Enjoy the art of making

candy sushi. Create a fishpainted

tote bag or picture

to take home. Walk along

the beach as a naturalist

explains our resident fish.

Historical Overview of

Immigration Control in

America

7-8:45 p.m. July 10,

Highwood Public Library,

102 Highwood Ave., Highwood.

Presentation by

Magdalena B. Wilk, J.D.,

who is an immigration attorney

in Lake County and

also a lecturer in politics at

Lake Forest College.

Photo Scavenger Hunt

10-11:30 a.m. July 13,

Heller Nature Center, 2821

Ridge Road, Highland

Park. Join us for an epic

scavenger hunt. You’ll be

challenged to hunt for specific

Heller locations with

your family while taking

silly photos. Each family

will leave with a surprise.

Summer Astronomy

8:30-10 p.m. July 13,

Heller Nature Center,

2821 Ridge Road, Highland

Park. See Saturn and

the Moon through our telescope.

Bring a blanket to

lay on the grass and view

the stars. If weather is

cloudy we will provide an

indoor program.

Pizza Tasting

4-4:45 p.m. July 17,

Highland Park Public Library,

494 Laurel Ave.,

Highland Park. Who has

the best pizza in town?

We’re about to find out.

Kids entering 6th-8th

grade are welcome to join

us in a blind taste test to

find the best pizza around.

Registration is required.

Middle school students

only.

Highwood Days

4 p.m.-10 p.m. July 18,

4 p.m.-11 p.m. July 19, 11

a.m.-11 p.m. July 20, 11

a.m.-9 p.m. July 21, Highwood

Metra Station, 317

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Green Bay Road, Highwood.

This year marks the

51st anniversary of Highwood’s

oldest festival.

Complete with carnival

rides, funnel cakes, live

music and tons of food

from local vendors — this

is the most traditional festival

and will not disappoint.

Get Healthy with

Technology

6-7 p.m. July 18, Highland

Park Public Library,

494 Laurel Ave., Highland

Park. Join us to get familiar

with the many apps

and wearable devices that

can help you track your

steps, practice good sleep

hygiene, calm your mind

with meditation, motivate

you with great music and

more.

ONGOING

Ukulele Lessons

6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays,

Aloha City Ukes,

453 Roger Williams Ave,

Highland Park. Come learn

how to play simple chords

and songs on the ukulele

with music lovers from the

community. Strum along

with experienced and just

beginning ukulele players,

no need to register. If you

don’t have a ukulele, you

can borrow one from the

stores extensive collection.

For more information visit

the store or contact Aloha

City Ukes on their website

alohacityukes.com.


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Highland Park City Council

Financial penalties for fake

reports to police approved

Eric Bradach

Freelance Reporter

Residents knowingly

making false statements to

law enforcement in Highland

Park will soon have to

surrender a hefty fine after

City Council approved an

ordinance at its June 24

meeting.

The ordinance was introduced

to the council

earlier the same day at the

Committee of the Whole

meeting. At the City Council

meeting, Mayor Nancy

Rotering and three council

members voted yes; meanwhile,

Councilwoman Michelle

Holleman voted no

and Councilwoman Kim

Stone voted present.

“[This ordinance] came

up on our Committee as a

Whole [agenda], we discussed

it, and this is something

we saw for the first

time in this agenda,” Stone

said. “So I am not ready

at this point to say yes or

no... So I will be voting

present.”

Under the new law,

anyone who knowingly

makes a false statement

to a Highland Park police

officer in connection with

a police report or investigation

is liable to a civil

penalty. Those penalties

could be an amount set by

the annual fee resolution

as well as up to three times

the amount of the damages

and costs to the city caused

by the false statement, according

to the ordinance.

The new law defines

knowledgeable false statement

in three ways: “a

statement of material fact

with actual knowledge that

the statement was false;”

ROUND IT UP

A brief recap of City Council action on June 24:

• Mayor Rotering proclaimed June as LGBTQ Pride

Month. “The City of Highland Park is proud to the

LGBTQ-plus flag in June in honor of Pride Month

and will display the flag throughout the summer,”

Rotering said. “HIghland Park is a community

invested in inclusivity. We stand as allies to the

LGBTQ-plus communities, highlighting their voices

as we fly the rainbow flag.”

• A resolution awarding Tyler Technologies, Inc.,

of Plano, Texas, the Enterprise Resource Planning

Software and Implementation contract passed.

• A resolution awarding Illinois Constructors Corp.

of Elburn, Illinois, the 2019 Bridge Maintenance

Program contract passed.

“a statement of material

fact with knowledge of

facts or information that

would cause a reasonable

person to be aware that the

statement was false when

it was made;” or “signs,

certifies, attests, submits or

otherwise provides assurances,

or causes any other

person to sign, certify, attest,

submit or otherwise

provide assurances, that a

statement of material fact

is true or accurate in deliberate

ignorance or reckless

disregard of the truth or

falsity of the statement.”

The penalties are in response

to numerous highprofile

events involving

false statements to law enforcement,

which has cost

the city high implications

including police staffing,

investigative time and resources

and unnecessary

law-enforcement intervention.

The new conditions

was drafted after a review

other municipalities that

have created similar ordinances

and feedback

from the city’s corporation

council, according to the

ordinance.

Holleman, the lone no

vote, expressed worry

that the penalties were too

harsh and is not clearly defined

enough to protect minors

from such penalties.

“I will echo Councilman

Stone’s comments and just

add that I think this goes

a little too far and has potential

for abuse, turning

lying into a crime, which

could be overused in certain

situations, especially

with minors,” Holleman

said.

Rotering, though, said

she was certain that the law

would only be enforced on

adults and not on minors

playing pranks.

“I received assurance

this evening from the [police]

chief’s presentation

that this ordinance will

not be used in those circumstances

and that a very

high standard will be used

before this ordinance was

applied,” Rotering said.

“I found comfort that this

will not be used for teenagers

having issues telling

the truth.”

Township High School D113

Township High School D113

hires new administrator

Submitted Content

The Township High

School D113 Board of Education

voted unanimously

to accept the superintendent’s

recommendation

to appoint Dr. Michael C.

Lach as its assistant superintendent

of curriculum,

instruction and assessment

at a June 24 meeting.

In this role, Lach will

provide leadership for curriculum

design, development

and implementation

across the District, as well

as oversee the collection,

analysis and dissemination

of all forms of assessment

data with a focus on using

these insights to improve

teaching and learning.

“In his roles as Officer

of High School Teaching

and Learning and later as

Chief Officer of Teaching

and Learning for Chicago

Public Schools under

Arne Duncan, Dr. Lach

has demonstrated his ability

to manage transformational

initiatives and build

partnerships that lead to

significant gains in student

performance,” Superintendent

Bruce Law

said. “His deep expertise

in curriculum standards,

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accountability and policy

at the district and federal

levels and his administrative

skills in managing

teams and budgets will

help ensure that District

113, its faculty and students

continue to achieve

at the high levels our

community has come to

expect.”

Dr. Lach, who will join

the District next month,

expressed his desire to

“roll up his sleeves” and

get started in his new role,

noting a particular focus

on ensuring equity, opportunity

and achievement for

all students.

“I’m looking forward

to listening, learning and

building the relationships

needed to ensure that

principals are empowered

to serve as instructional

leaders and teachers are

supported with the tools

they need for both their

own learning and that of

their students,” Lach said.

Lach earned a bachelor

of arts degree in physics

from Carleton College,

master of arts degrees from

Teachers College at Columbia

University (science

education) and Northeastern

Illinois University (educational

leadership), and

a doctorate in educational

leadership from University

of Illinois Chicago.

Lach is currently the director

of STEM and strategic

initiatives at the University

of Chicago, where

he has led a variety of research

and technical assistance

projects focusing on

regional and national K-12

math and science education

improvements.

During his ten years of

employment at Chicago

Public Schools, he served

in a number of other roles,

including director of mathematics

and science, teacher

liaison, senior technology

advisor and as a science

teacher at Lake View High

School.

Previously, he served as

lead curriculum developer

for Northwestern University’s

Center for Learning

Technology in Urban

Schools.

Dr. Lach began his

career as a high school

science teacher in New

Orleans, Louisiana teaching

general and physical

science and biology as

a member of the charter

corps of Teach for America.

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Highland Park 5K brings 'smile' to runners, Park District

Neil Milbert

Freelance Reporter

The goal of Highland

Park’s Firecracker Run on

Sunday, June 30 extended

far beyond the finish line.

Proceeds from the 5K

race and 2-mile walk went

to the SMILE (scholarships

mean involvement in

leisure for everyone) program

jointly funded by the

Parks Foundation and the

Park District.

Highland Park is considered

an affluent community

with a median income

of $130,355 but 10 percent

of its households have incomes

under $25,000.

Established in 1992,

SMILE enables families

in need of financial assistance

to participate in the

Park District programs.

In 2017, 89 families benefited

and 148 individuals

applied for and received

fee reduction assistance,

enabling boys and girls 18

and under to participate in

outdoor summer camps,

swimming lessons, athletic

programs and other activities.

FYI (Foundation Youth

Initiative) was established

to provide additional

funding for programs administered

by the Parks

Foundation, focusing on

Park District scholarships.

Because FYI is independently

funded it also can

provide financial aid to

children outside of Highland

Park’s boundaries to

participate in Park District

programs.

“FYI is expanding beyond

SMILE and is looking

for volunteers, individuals

and groups passionate

about supporting the Foundation,”

said Dan Creinin,

treasurer of the Parks Foundation,

who was on hand

Jazzie Lerner sings the National Anthem.

for the run and walk along

with the Foundation’s president

Bob Bernstein.

Highland Park Recreation

Center Manager

Debbie Pierce served as

race director of the Firecracker

Run.

A total of 117 runners

and walkers showed up on

a warm sunny morning.

The starting line and finish

line were in tree-lined

Sunset Woods Park. The

5K course took runners

eastward through downtown

streets to the Park

Avenue beach and Lake

Michigan and then up a

steep incline exiting the

lakefront before leveling

off back on city streets for

the rest of the route.

The overall male and

female winners were Elgin’s

Miguel Uriostegui,

with a time of 19:45.2,

and Waukegan’s Izamar

Rodriguez, with a time of

22:12.4.

The following Highland

Park and Highwood runners

finished in the top 3 in

their age groups:

Female 60 and over—

1st: Joy Lewin; Male 50-

59—1st: Allen Johnston,

2nd: Mark Nieozielski;

Female 50-59—2nd: Desiree

Cunliffe; Male 40-

49—1st: Michael Buss,

2nd: Daniel Rosenberg,

3rd: Francisco Hernandez;

Female 40-49—1st:

Amy Raposo, 2nd: Marion

Comley; Male 30-39—

3rd: John Guy; Female 30-

39—1st: Jennifer Spanier-Stiasny,

3rd: Maggie

Guy; Female 20-29—2nd:

Emily Brown; Female 15-

19—2nd: Ashley Lew;

Boys 14 and under—2nd:

Alex Bradshaw; Girls 14

and under—2nd: Nicole

Brown.

The presenting sponsors

of the run and walk were

NorthShore University

Health Systems, Highland

Park Bank and Trust, First

Bank of Highland Park,

Pekins Coie and New Balance

North Shore.

At the Firecracker 5K,

the Parks Foundation also

was promoting Go Highland

Park, a communitywide

movement designed

to promote the health of

residents through activity,

education and collaboration.

Go Highland Park is

encouraging “everyone in

the community to walk at

least 30 minutes a day.”

The Nanus Family, and Phil Goldman, all of Highland Park, cheer on their dad at the

Firecracker 5K Run and 2-Mile Walk for Smiles Sunday, June 30 at Sunset Woods

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John Guy, of Highland Park,and his children, take off in the race.


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police reports

Intoxicated driver nabbed for drug possession, five more charges

Michael Smith, 26, of

Ft. Thomas, Ky., was arrested

on June 23 and

charged with driving under

the influence of drugs

or a combination of drugs,

driving with a suspended

or revoked drivers license,

improper turn, improper

lane usage in laned roads,

failure to display proof

of insurance, and possession

of cannabis, less than

10 grams, when police

conducted a traffic stop

in the 100 block of Half

Day Road. Smith was released

on a recognizance

bond with a court date in

Waukegan on July 26.

In other police news:

June 19

• A complainant in the 300

block of Laurel Avenue

made a delayed report regarding

the theft of his

wallet from his unlocked

vehicle on June 6, 2019.

No subjects are identified

at this time.

June 20

• A complainant in the 100

block of Skokie Valley

Road reported the theft of

his wallet from his vehicle

after dropping his key fob

while entering a business.

June 21

• A complainant in the

2000 block of Logan Street

reported finding graffiti on

multiple work trailers. No

subjects are identified at

this time.

• A complainant in the

2000 block of St. Johns

Avenue reported graffiti on

various park equipment.

No subjects are identified

at this time.

• A complainant in the 200

block of St. Johns Avenue

reported the theft of a cell

phone from her purse. No

subjects are identified at

this time.

• A complainant in the 100

block of Skokie Valley

Road reported the theft of

three musical instruments

valued at approximately

$1,900. There are no subjects

identified at this time.

June 23

• Andrew Heller, 20, of

Deerfield, was arrested

and charged with illegal

possession and consumption

of alcohol under 21

years old, possession of

cannabis less than 10

grams, possession of drug

paraphernalia, and no front

or rear license plate, when

police conducted a traffic

stop in 1400 block of Eastwood

Avenue. Heller was

released on a recognizance

bond with a court date in

Waukegan on July 26.

June 24

• Christopher Burge, 28, of

Chicago, was arrested and

charged with driving under

the influence of alcohol,

driving under the influence

with a blood alcohol content

of .08 or more, illegal

transportation of alcohol,

speeding 21-25 miles per

hour over, and illegally

tinted windows when police

conducted a traffic

stop in the 2700 block of

Skokie Valley Road. Burge

was released on a recognizance

bond with a court

date on July 26 in Waukegan.

• Deandre Buckley-Jordan,

21, of Zion, was arrested

and charged with

driving with a suspended

or revoked drivers license,

leaving the scene

of an accident with vehicle

damage, operating an

uninsured motor vehicle,

failure to report a vehicle

accident, failure to reduce

speed and failure to reduce

speed to avoid an accident

when police responded

to an accident in the 300

block of Central Avenue.

Buckley-Jordan allegedly

struck two vehicles with

his vehicle, causing minor

injuries to one driver.

Buckley-Jordan was located

by police, in his parked

vehicle, within a block of

the accident scene with

front-end damage to his

vehicle. Buckley-Jordan

was released on a recognizance

bond with a court

date in Park City on July

24.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The

Highland Park Landmark’s

Police Reports are compiled

from official reports emailed

from the Highland Park

Police Department headquarters

in Highland Park

and the Highwood Police

Department headquarters

in Highwood. Individuals

named in these reports are

considered innocent of all

charges until proven guilty in

a court of law.

THE GLENVIEW LANTERN

Glenview Park Board

honors late board

president, activist Judy

Beck

Prefacing the moment

of silence that customarily

precedes Glenview

Park District Board meetings,

Village President Jen

Roberts paid an emotional

tribute at the June 27 meeting

to Judy Beck, mourning

the death of the community

and environmental

activist two days earlier.

Beck served 32 years

on the Park District Board

and five terms as president.

Judy Beck Park was

named in her honor after

she retired in 2011.

She was instrumental in

the founding of The Grove

Heritage Association in

1975, and Roberts credited

her with “saving The

Grove from development

and preserving it as a National

Historical site.”

After Roberts concluded

her tribute, longtime board

member Bill Casey added

a few words in commemoration

of Beck’s role in the

community.

“What a testament she

was to all of us,” he said.

“In her life she helped so

many people. If I could

only do a little bit of what

she has done to making

Glenview a better place.

She left us a perfect example.”

At the end of the meeting

four other board members

— Angie Katsamakis,

Dave Tosh, Dave Dillon

and Dan Peterson —

joined in paying tribute to

Beck.

“Judy was a great Glenview

person,” Katsamakis

said. “She was an advocate

for advocacy. She could

talk for hours about the

parks.”

Reporting by Neil Milbert,

Freelance Reporter. Full

story at GlenviewLantern.

com.

THE WILMETTE BEACON

Wilmette Fire department

members Brill, Riggan and

Walters recognized

Multiple members of the

Wilmette Fire Department

were recognized at the

Wilmette Village Board’s

Tuesday, June 25 meeting

including Deputy Chief

Rob Brill, firefighter/paramedic

Cody Riggan and

firefighter/paramedic Dan

Walters.

“Whenever I think of

our public safety professionals,

whether they be in

the fire department or the

police department, that’s

exactly the word I think

of professionals,” Village

President Bob Bielinski

said. “You guys are the

examples of what we want

all of our public servants

to be like, so thank you

very much.”

Brill completed the National

Fire Academy’s

Executive Fire Officer

Program in Emmitsburg,

Maryland. The program

provides senior fire officers

with a broad perspective

on various aspects of

fire administration, including

team development,

community risk reduction,

fire service operations and

executive leadership. The

program was a four-year

commitment that required

Brill to attend one twoweek

course per year at

the National Fire Academy.

At the end of each

course, Brill was required

to complete an applied research

project that applied

concepts from the courses

to situations in Wilmette.

“Each course is the

equivalent of an upper division

bachelor or graduate

program. Rob has spent

hundreds of hours completing

the program and

the required coursework

on top of his daily duties,”

Fire Chief Ben Wozney

said. “His dedication and

commitment to the program

should be commended

and celebrated.”

Brill, the third Wilmette

Fire Department officer

to complete this program,

has served in the Wilmette

Fire Department for over

20 years and has served as

Deputy Chief since 2017.

Reporting by Todd Marver,

Freelance Reporter. Full

story at WilmetteBeacon.

com.

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Lake Bluff officials push

for ‘absolute prohibition’

of recreational cannabis

businesses

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker

signed House Bill 1438

Tuesday, June 25, making

Illinois the 11th state to legalize

marijuana.

Prior to Pritzker signing

the bill, the Lake Bluff

Village Board spoke about

their stance on the bill and

how it will impact the village

during the Lake Bluff

Village Board meeting,

Monday, June 24.

The Village Board

passed a resolution at its

meeting that directs the

joint Plan and Commission

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Addison Hope

Burklin

Submitted by Susan

Brown Burklin

She is a 2-year-old

golden retriever.

Addison and her

6-year-old golden

retriever sister Payton

love to go to the dog

park and their favorite place of all, the beach. Addi

loves tennis balls, dog toys and most of all, playing

with Payton. Her favorite spot in the house is in the

front window. She patiently waits for dog friends to

walk by, and then barks “hello.” Addison is funny,

sweet and very loving.

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

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

Feeling hot,

hot, hot

Staff Report

Celebrate Highwood’s

annual Inferno Fest was

held June 26 in Highwood’s

Everts Park. The event featured

food from several local

vendors, all serving up

their spiciest dishes from

the spicy food festival.

Right: Jester Juice’s Nathan

Kessler shakes up a

lemonade for a customer

at Celebrate Highwood’s

Inferno Fest, June 26, in

Everts Park in Highwood.

Elsie Mae’s served up a variety of pies at the event

including its Inferno Apple selection, with a hot pepper

and salted toffee topping (far left).

Dezi Tilmon, an employee at Highland Park’s OrangeTheory,

helps Highland Park residents Eli and Jonah spin

a wheel to win prizes.

Lucia Medel, 1, of Highland Park, slides down a bouncy

slide at the event.

Highwood’s Maria’s Bakery serves up cannolis. Erin

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Fort Sheridan resident runs ‘meaningful’ marathons to fundraise

Olivia Vallone

Editorial Intern

Fort Sheridan resident

Erica Marchese is dedicating

her life to helping better

the lives of people living

with cancer.

Marchese works as

a pharmacist at one of

the three Cancer Treatment

Centers of America

(CTCA) in Chicago at the

Zion location. Her work

hit close to home in March

2018 when her mother was

diagnosed with Ductal

Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS)

breast cancer.

As a way to help her

mother and many others

like her, Erica signed up to

be a part of Fred’s Team,

who she ran the New York

City Marathon with in November

of 2018 to raise

money for cancer research.

“The race meant a lot to

me,” Marchese said. “Every

step that I took I knew

I was running for her and

all the patients we see here

at our hospital and all the

patients across the world

that are battling for their

lives.”

Fred’s Team, the running

program at Memorial

Sloan Kettering Cancer

Center (MSKCC) in New

York City, was officially

named in 1995 in honor of

Fred Lebow. Lebow was

one of the founders of the

New York City Marathon

who died in 1994 from

brain cancer.

According to Marchese,

Fred’s Team has raised $83

million since its formal

conception in support of

the oncology community

and research for MSKCC.

At the end of the 2018

New York City Marathon,

Marchese personally

raised $3,500 in support of

this team and cause.

Erica encouraged her

mother to get treated at the

Marchese raised more than $3,000 before the race to

benefit the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

CTCA in Chicago, not only

because she has complete

trust in the people who

work there, but her location

is the only center in Illinois

designated as a breast cancer

center of excellence by

national standards.

“[The] National quality

measures of breast center

program, they have certain

standards that a hospital

has to be or a program has

to be to be considered a

breast cancer center of excellence.”

Marchese said.

Her mother received

stellar care and has no sign

of the disease today. Marchese

even went as far as

to say if she ever had signs

of this disease, she would

go to the CTCA right away.

Marchese recalled a moment

in the race when she

stopped on the first bridge

of the event. She described

looking out to the city and

being completely awestruck

by what she was doing

and how many people

were there in support of

those running the race.

Though the experience

came about through terrible

circumstances, Marchese is

glad that she had the opportunity

to join Fred’s Team

and, as a result, was welcomed

into a whole new

family. She described running

the race, which has always

been a personal goal

of hers, as one of the best

memories she has had in

her life so far.

“The support from people

who didn’t even know

me was unreal.” Marchese

said.

Marchese will be running

in the Chicago Marathon

in October. She likes

to run in organized races to

be pushed towards a goal,

she also enjoys local races

which help to benefit local

causes.

Fort Sheridan resident Erica Marchese runs the New York Marathon on Nov. 4 as a

member of Fred’s Team. Photos submitted

Marchese (left), and her mom, who was diagnosed with cancer, smile together.


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Park District of

HP names new

executive director

Submitted Content

The Park

District of

Highland

Park Board

of Commissioners

is

pleased to

announce Romes

the selection

of Brian Romes, CPRP, as

the new executive director

beginning July 1.

Romes has over 20

years of experience within

the parks and recreation

field including various

positions of increasing

responsibility at the Park

District of Highland Park.

He joined the Park

District in 2009 as the

Recreation Manager. In

2012, he was promoted

to Assistant Director of

Recreation and in 2017

was named Director of

Recreation and Facilities.

Romes was a key contributor

to the development of

the District’s GreenPrint

2024 Master Plan and its

Strategic Plan.

He played a significant

role in project renovations

at Rosewood Beach,

the Recreation Center of

Highland Park and Sunset

Valley Golf Club.

Romes earned his Bachelor

of Science degree in

recreation administration

from Eastern Illinois University

and is a Certified

Parks and Recreation Professional

(CPRP).

He is a graduate of

the National Recreation

and Park Association

(NRPA) Revenue/Management

School, Indiana

University Executive

Development School,

and was a Board Regent

for the Illinois Parks

and Recreation Association

(IPRA) Leadership

Academy.

Prior to joining the Park

District of Highland Park,

Romes was the Superintendent

of Recreation

at the Carol Stream Park

District where he worked

for seven years.

Early in his career, he

held various managerial

roles for 24 Hour Fitness

Inc., City of Yorba Linda,

Calif.; Wheeling Park

District; and the Northbrook

Park District.

“Over the past ten

years, Brian has brought

unique ideas and leadership

that align with the

mission and goals of the

Park District of Highland

Park,” Park Board President

Brian Kaplan said.

“We’re confident he will

continue to position our

organization for future

growth and success serving

the Highland Park

community.”

Romes replaces Liza

McElroy who retired in

February 2019 after ten

years of service to the

Highland Park community.

Cures Within Reach awarded $25,000

grant on behalf of Highland Park resident

Submitted Content

From connecting families

with housing and food

resources to providing

valuable mentorship opportunities

to local youth,

Northwestern Mutual financial

advisors are leading

impactful change in

their communities across

the country. Through its

Foundation, the company

is recognizing these efforts

through its 2019 Community

Service Awards program

by awarding nearly

$300,000 in grants to nonprofits

nationwide.

Each year, Northwestern

Mutual selects 16 financial

advisors nationwide to

receive grants to benefit a

nonprofit of their choice as

part of the program. Highland

Park resident Steven

Braun, a wealth management

advisor at Northwestern

Mutual – Chicago, has

been chosen as a 2019 Most

Exceptional recipient of the

award, receiving a $25,000

grant for Cures Within

Reach. The organization

was also recently awarded

a 2019 Quality of Life grant

for $5,000 from the MDRT

Foundation in honor of

Braun’s volunteerism.

Braun has been involved

with Cures Within Reach

for more than 13 years. He

has served on the board of

directors for seven years,

leading various marketing

and fundraising initiatives.

Braun has supported the

organization to invest over

$6 million in more than 80

repurposing research projects,

generating more than

a dozen therapies that are

impacing the lives of children

and adults.

“I have had several family

members with serious

diseases, and every one of

them has been treated with

a repurposed therapy that

has either extended or improved

the quality of their

lives,” Braun said. “I am

dedicated to doing everything

I can to support the

discovery and validation

of many more repurposed

therapies to help others.”

Cures Within Reach is

the only disease agnostic

philanthropic organization

exclusively dedicated to

repurposing existing drugs,

devices and nutraceuticals

to drive more treatments to

more patients, improving

patient quality and length

of life by leveraging the

unrealized clinical potential

and missed therapeutic

opportunities of existing

science and medicine. The

organization will use the

grant to fund repurposing

research clinical trials that

provide a fast track to patient

impact.

“Every year I’m amazed

by the enthusiasm our advisors

exhibit for nonprofit

support in their communities,”

said Eric Christophersen,

the president

of Northwestern Mutual

Foundation. “Giving back

is such an integral piece

of our company culture,

and our Community Service

Award winners truly

embody this through the

meaningful work they’re

accomplishing.”

This year marks the 25th

anniversary of the Community

Service Awards

program. Since the program’s

inception, the

Foundation has donated

nearly $6 million to nonprofits

on behalf of program

winners. The 2019

winners were announced

at the company’s regional

meetings earlier this year,

with grants presented to

nonprofits at local events

throughout the country.

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Ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrates

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The Highland Park

Chamber of Commerce

had the pleasure of hosting

a Grand Opening Ribbon

Cutting Ceremony,

April 4, as the official

welcome to the opening

of Dayhouse Coworking,

located at 2057 Green Bay

Road.

Dayhouse Coworking

is a comfortable, creative

workspace housed in a

vintage industrial building

for professionals from a

wide variety of industries

who want to grow, create,

and share while also

balancing their non-work

lives. Amenities include

private offices, conference

rooms, mail reception,

concierge service,

soundproofed childcare,

and more.

“The Highland Park

Chamber of Commerce

is pleased to welcome

Dayhouse Coworking to

our business community,”

said Ginny Glasner,

president and CEO of the

Chamber. “We celebrate

the opening of a new business

and offer all the support

and resources of the

Chamber for their success.”

On hand at the ribbon

cutting were members

of the Chamber of Commerce

Board of Directors

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representatives from the

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friends, and community

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from the editor

Memories of the Fourth of July

Erin Yarnall

Editor

When I was

younger, Fourth

of July was

always one of my favorite

holidays.

Each year, my family

and I would pack up

a cooler with food and

drinks and drive up to my

grandparents’ house.

My grandparents have

a pool, which was always

the best part of summer,

but on the Fourth of July

their house offered even

more than a pool to swim

in and a gaggle of cousins

to play with.

My grandparents organized

a Fourth of July

parade each year around

their small neighborhood.

Neighbors would participate

by driving their

decorated cars slowly

around the block, or walking

with their families.

Each year, my cousins

and I would do something

different.

One year, we rode our

scooters with red, white

and blue streamers soaring

off the ends of the handlebars

while we scooted

down the road.

Another year, my

grandma forced all of my

cousins and I into colonial

outfits as we slowly made

the hot march around the

block.

While some years were

clearly more fun than

others, all of the memories

will stick with me

throughout my life.

We haven’t held the

parade in around a decade,

but the Fourth of July

memories from my childhood

will stick with me

forever.

I’m sure it’s the same

way for Highland Park

and Highwood residents

who all have their own

ways of celebrating our

country’s birthday.

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On June 26 the Highland Park Public Library

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found. Here are just a few of the highlights. Do

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for a smorgasbord of delectable eats on a

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peals (PCZBA) to evaluate

the classification of cannabis

businesses.

The resolution passed on

a voice vote, with trustees

Joy Markee and Eric Grenier

absent at the meeting.

“I am going to ask that

direction be given to the

PCZBA that the Village

Board would like to see

that there is absolute prohibition

of any dispensaries

of any type within village

limits of Lake Bluff,”

said Kathleen O’Hara, the

Village Board president.

The resolution comes

after the Illinois General

Assembly passed the Cannabis

Regulation and Tax

Act earlier this month. The

bill will legalize the possession

and use of recreational

marijuana by adults

over age 21 starting Jan. 1,

2020.

Under the bill, municipalities

are authorized to

completely prohibit the

location and operation of

cannabis businesses or to

place certain taxes or restrictions

on them.

Given these conditions,

trustee William Meyer

agreed that the PCZBA

should take the “path of

the greatest restriction.”

“These activities remain

illegal under federal law ...

so, therefore, I cannot support

and will vote against

any provision that permits

marijuana activities in

Lake Bluff,” Meyer said.

“Neither states or municipalities

ought to legislate

contrary to federal law.”

Reporting by Stephanie Kim,

Freelance Reporter. Full

story at LakeForestLeader.

com.

THE WINNETKA CURRENT

Gift boutique Crème de la

Crème to close in July

Beloved gift boutique

Crème de la Crème has

provided Winnetka residents

with beautiful merchandise

and impeccable

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customer service for 19

years. Just shy of 20 years,

the store will shutter this

month.

Shop owner Sandy Freeman

has been working in

retail for nearly 45 years.

She first owned a summer

gift shop in Leland, Mich.,

known as The Little Cricket

before making her move

to the North Shore.

The Winnetka boutique

opened in May 2000 at

903 Green Bay Road.

Reporting by Anna Schultz,

Editorial Intern. Full story at

WinnetkaCurrent.com.

An intriguing number from this week’s edition

The distance, in miles, of a

marathon. Read more on

Fort Sheridan resident Erica

Marchese running them to raise

funds for cancer charities on

9.

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A hole-in-one

Coarse Italian opens at Glenview golf course, Page 22

A night to

Highwood residents

look back on Pavarotti

performance in City,

Page 19

Josephine Campagni, Joe Pasquesi,

Nancy Carani, Carl Carani and Settimio

Milani look over photos from the night

famed opera singer Pavarotti performed

at the Highwood Recreation Center in

remember

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and PHOTOGRAPHERS to cover events,

meetings and sports in the area.

Interested individuals should send

an email with a resume and any clips to

jobs@22ndcenturymedia.com

www.22ndcenturymedia.com

CHICAGO SOUTHWEST

CHICAGO NORTHSHORE

MALIBU

Christ Church (1713 Green Bay Road,

Highland Park)

Weeknight Service

7-8 p.m. Thursdays,

church coffee bar. Weeknight

service is a place to

come, stay awhile, meet

people and then go make

a difference. For more

information, call (847)

234-1001 or email Brad at

bcoleman@cclf.org.

Men’s Breakfast Group

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

Panera Bread, 1211

Half Day Road, Bannockburn.

For more information,

contact Sean at seansmith797@gmail.com.

Trinity Episcopal (425 Laurel Avenue,

Highland Park)

Sunday Schedule

8 a.m. – Holy Eucharist,

St. Michael’s Chapel

8:45 a.m. – Fellowship

10 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

with music, Main

Sanctuary

10 a.m. Sunday School

(on the 1st and 3rd Sundays)

11 a.m. – Fellowship

Men’s Bible Study Group

9-10 a.m. Saturdays

Wednesday Service

9:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

with healing, St.

Michael’s Chapel

A Safe Place

6 p.m. Thursdays -

Guild Room

Makom Solel Lakeside (1301 Clavey

Road)

Choir Shabbat

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

Torah Study

9:15 a.m. Saturdays

North Suburban Synagogue Beth El (1175

Sheridan Road, Highland Park)

Free Hebrew School

Tuition

Right now the Jack and

Mildred Cohen Religious

School at North Suburban

Synagogue Beth El

is offering second grade

parents free tuition for the

2019-2020 school year.

There are only 25 openings

in our Second to

None program - so register

now. No tuition for one

year, and no synagogue

membership fee required.

Contact Dr. Alicia Gejman,

agejman@nssbethel.

org, for more information.

Writer’s Beit Midrash

9:30-11 a.m. every

other Wednesday, The

NSS Beth El Writer’s

Beit Midrash meets in the

Maxwell Abbel Library.

All fiction, non-fiction,

poetry, memoir and essay

writers (published or not

yet published) are welcome

for discussions, exercises,

camaraderie and

critique. Contact Rachel

Kamin at rkamin@nssbethel.org

for more information

and to be added to

the mailing list.

Open Conversational

Hebrew

10-11 a.m. Sundays.

Practice Hebrew conversation

and reading informally

with other participants.

Free. For information,

contact Judy Farby at

judyfarby@yahoo.com.

Daily Minyan

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

Sunday

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

Monday-Thursday

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

Friday

Shabbat Service

6:15 p.m. Friday (Kabbalat

Shabbat)

8:50 a.m. Shacharit

(Shabbat Morning)

10:30 a.m. Junior Congregation

(Grades 2-6)

10:45 a.m. Young Family

Service (families with

children first-grade age

and younger)

Immaculate Conception Parish (770

Deerfield Road, Highland Park)

Donations for Rummage

Sale

Donations are now being

accepted for the annual

Immaculate Conception

Rummage Sale. The

sale takes place Sept. 6

and 7 in the Parish Center.

Please drop off donations

of clothing, books, housewares,

electronics, all

children’s items, holiday

decorations and notions in

the front of the Parish Center.

Indoor and outdoor

furniture, tools, bikes, art

work, sports equipment

and large appliances can

be dropped off at the upper

level garages. Furnity

pick-ups can be scheduled

for a minimal fee. We can

not accept mattresses, box

springs, tube TVs, sofa

beds, car seats or cribs.

For more information

or to schedule a pick up,

contact the Parish Office

at (847) 433-0130.

Weekend Services

5 p.m. Saturdays

4-4:45 p.m. Sundays,

confession

8 a.m.; 10:30 a.m. Sunday

service

Sunday Connection

Scripture Group

10-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays,

The Sunday Connection

is a women’s

discussion group based

on the readings for the

following weekend liturgies.

Coffee and camraderie

following each session.

Everyone welcome,

no sign-up necessary. The

group is located in the

church’s parish center.

Submit information for The

Landmark’s Faith page to

Erin Yarnall at erin@hplandmark.com.

The deadline

is noon on Thursdays. Questions?

Call (847) 272-4565

ext. 34.


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the highland park landmark | July 5, 2019 | 19

Modenese Society members reflect on singer’s visit

Opera tenor Pavarotti

performed at

Community Center

Erin Yarnall, Editor

The new documentary film

“Pavarotti,” directed by Ron

Howard, reflects on the life and

performances of the legendary

opera singer, Luciano Pavarotti.

After seeing the film in June,

a few Highwood residents and

members of the Modenese Society

spent their own time reflecting

on the Pavarotti that they

came to know after he accepted

an invitation to perform at the

Highwood Recreation Center, or

the Highwood Community Center,

as it was known in 1980.

The Italian tenor was invited

by Highwood resident Settimio

Milani, the former president of

the Modenese Society in Highwood.

The Modenese Society, which

began in 1906, is named for the

city in northern Italy where its

members hailed from.

“It’s the oldest chapter in the

world outside of Modena,” said

Carl Carani, the current president

of the Modenese Society.

The city, located in the Emilia-

Romagna province of northern

Italy also the home of Pavarotti

and one of Highland Park’s sister

cities.

“Adua, his wife, she said ‘He

never accepted something so

fast,’” Milani said of Pavarotti

accepting the group’s invitation.

The idea was brought to the

Modenese Society by Cesira

Ballarini — a Highland Park

resident whose mother worked

with and was friends Pavarotti’s

mother, back in Modena.

The group suffered a minor

setback when Pavarotti had to

cancel, but they quickly rescheduled

to another date — Nov. 30,

1980 — when the tenor was in

town performing “Un ballo in

maschera,” a three-act opera by

“I think that was one of the best nights

that I ever had. I was so proud to bring

him here to Highwood.”

Settimio Milani, Highwood resident on the night Pavarotti

performed in Highwood

Giuseppe Verdi.

Highwood resident Joe

Pasquesi picked up Pavarotti

from Chicago, and drove him

the nearly 30 miles to Highwood.

“It was interesting because

he was singing different little

songs, old songs from Italy, that

I had heard from growing up,”

Pasquesi said of the drive.

While the society was excited

to have the honored guest, there

were a few rules they had to follow.

“He was supposed to perform

in ‘Un ballo in maschera’ the following

night,” Milani said. “He

told us absolutely no smoking

and ‘I can’t sing.’”

But, in order to get him to

sing, Milani had other ideas.

“Somebody tipped me off

that he like French cognac, so

I thought ‘Before the night is

over, he’s going to sing,’” Milani

said. “I was pouring and

pouring.”

But they also provided their

own performers, including Highwood

resident Josephine Campagni.

At the dinner, the society

served a meal of Italian staples

— antipasto, pasta with proscuitto,

cotolette di vitello (veal

cutlet), mushrooms, peas, artichokes,

soup, fruit and cheese,

with wine and then coffee after

the meal.

Pavarotti was recognized by

the Modenese Society, and made

an honorary member of the

group.

“We did an old-fashioned way

of introducing a new member,”

Milani said. “I gave him a bylaw,

and I gave him a patch that he

gave to Adua. Then we gave him

a gold chain — it’s pretty heavy

— that he put on Adua, and then

we gave him a plaque. He really

accepted everything and he appreciated

it.”

After dinner, drinks and dancing,

members of the society mentioned

to Pavarotti that they also

had a place where they could

play bocce ball — the Highwood

Bocce Club.

“The dinner was across the

street at the community center,

so he basically just walked

across the tracks to get to the

bocce here,” Highwood resident

Nancy Pattarozzi Fiore said.

The bocce cemented some of

the member’s friendship with

Pavarotti, which lasted for years.

They were given backstage

tickets to concerts, and visited

with the singer when he performed

at Ravinia Festival.

Pasquesi visited Pavarotti’s

home in Modena.

“It was a beautiful place,”

Pasquesi said. “I went with my

cousin, and just driving to his

house. The rows of trees went

for miles.”

Milani even went to his funeral

at Modena Cathedral in 2007

when Pavarotti died of pancreatic

cancer.

He said the night that he initially

came to Highwood was incredibly

special to him — something

he would never forget.

“I think that was one of the

best nights that I ever had,”

Milani said. “I was so proud to

bring him here to Highwood.”

Operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti (left) with Highwood resident

Settimio Milani, the former president of the Modenese Society, at a

dinner in Highwood on Nov. 30, 1980. Photos submitted

Highwood resident Nancy Pattarozzi Fiore (top left) and her father,

Ricardo Pattarozzi (top right), smile with Pavarotti (bottom left) and

his wife, Adua Pavarotti.


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Tony Bennett takes Ravinia

stage for 40th time

Erin Yarnall, Editor

Singer Tony Bennett is

no stranger to Highland

Park, and especially not to

Ravinia Festival.

The performer, whose

career spans several decades,

took the Ravinia

Tony Bennett setlist

• Watch What Happens

• They All Laughed

• This Is All I Ask

• I Got Rhythm

• Solitude

• I’m Old Fashioned

• It Amazes Me

• Steppin’ Out With My

Baby

• But Beautiful

• Love is Here to Stay

• The Way You Look

Tonight

• Because of You/Cold

Cold Heart/Rags to

stage for the 40th time on

June 21, performing staples

from his lengthy career

throughout the night.

Opening for him was his

daughter, Antonia Bennett,

who has performed previously

with her father at the

Ravinia Festival.

Riches/Who Can I Turn

To?

• Just in Time

• Boulevard of Broken

Dreams

• The Good Life

• How Do You Keep the

Music Playing?

• The Shadow of Your

Smile

• One for My Baby (And

One More for the Road)

• For Once in My Life

• Who Cares (So Long

as You Care for Me)

• Fly Me to the Moon

Tony Bennett performs at Ravinia Festival on June 20.

Erin Yarnall/22nd Century Media

Bennett snaps along with his band.

Bennett’s performance was his 40th time performing at

the Highland Park Festival.

Bennett receives applause after a song.

Rockin’ out

Melissa Etheridge

and George

Thorogood & the

Destroyers share

the bill at Ravinia

Festival, June 23.

George Thorogood &

the Destroyers setlist

• Rock Party

• Who Do You Love?

• Shot Down

• Night Time

• I Drink Alone

• One Bourbon, One

Scotch, One Beer

• Gear Jammer

• Get a Haircut

• Bad to the Bone

• Twenty Dollar Gig

• Move It on Over

• Born to Be Bad

Melissa Etheridge setlist

• Ain’t It Heavy

• Let Me Go/I Want to Come Over

• Royal Station 4/16

• Wild and Lonely

• You Can Sleep While I Drive

• Chrome Plated Heart

• Come to My Window

• Bring Me Some Water

• The Medicine Show

• I’m the Only One

• Like the Way I Do

Melissa Etheridge performs at Ravinia Festival, June

23. Photos by Scott Margolin/22nd Century Media

The singer-songwriter performed an 11-

song set at Ravinia.

The band played on a shared bill with

Etheridge at Ravinia.

The show was a stop on her tour, The

Medicine Show.

George Thorogood and his band The Destroyers

performed alongside Etheridge.


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Highland Park resident writes book inspired by her past experience

Erin Yarnall, Editor

A little more than three years

ago, Highland Park resident

Beth Bear Shields was going

through a lot of change.

She was recently divorced

with two young children, and

her house was soon-to-be demolished.

She wanted to be

there to see her house be torn

down, but was unable to make

it. Instead, she envisioned it in

her head, and wrote about what

she saw.

From then on, she had a book.

“That was my first chapter,”

Shields said.

In her finished product, the

first chapter she wrote takes

place in the middle of the book,

but after she wrote down her

first chapter, she kept writing.

All of her writing went into

“Seamless,” the local author’s

first book, which was self-published.

Shields describes “Seamless”

as “fiction with a little bit of

nonfiction sprinkled in.”

Shields said it took her close

to two years to write the book,

and she spent around a year editing

and publishing.

“I was surprised with how

long that would take, actually,”

Shields said. “It was very frustrating.

It’s not easy.”

The author had always wanted

to write, but said she was

discouraged from writing by

a professor while majoring in

journalism at the University of

Kansas.

“I met up with a teacher who

told me I was too shy to be a

good interviewer, and I was just

an average writer,” Shields said.

Because of the discouraging

advice, Shields decided to drop

her journalism major, and instead

go to school for psychology

and education.

She said that deciding to write

her book was Shields’ way of

saying she’s not going to listen

to people telling her what to do

any more.

Having an audience for

“Seamless” wasn’t a concern to

Shields. She knew there would

be one, because of the relatability

of the subject matter.

“When I got divorced, I was

one of very few women who

were divorced, but now it appears

it’s become quite popular,

and I knew it would have a larger

audience,” Shields said.

The story takes place in a fictionalized

version of Highland

Park, according to Shields.

“I would say I’ve always been

very interested in architecture,

and looking at the different architects

that we’re so lucky

to have in this area,” Shields

said. “It always broke my heart

a little bit when I saw a house

coming down that was important,

that was going to be just

replaced by one of the McMansions,

it always made me a little

sad. That’s part of what the heroine’s

problem is — she doesn’t

like change.”

But Shields added, that change

is the reason for her main character’s

growth in the novel, and

also in Shields’ own life.

“I was driving past a house on

Sheridan Road, and there were

some masons replacing some

stones, they were knocking

some stones out and taking out

some of the border and it made

a little seam where you could

see in, and I got a little peek of

the house that was hidden behind

the wall,” Shields said. “I

thought to myself, ‘I wonder if

I’m going to be able to see if

there will be a mark there tomorrow.’

The next day when I drove

by it, you couldn’t tell old from

new, fixed from broken, and the

repair was seamless. Her hope

was after her divorce, her life

would be seamless, too.”

“Seamless,” by Highland Park

resident Beth Bear Shields,

was partially inspired by the

author’s past experiences, and

the setting is based on Highland

Park. It is available on Amazon

and Barnes and Noble’s website.

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Glenview’s Coarse Italian strokes in early success

Nick Frazier

Contributing Sports Editor

Although Glenview resident

Franco Francese and his brother

Vito have owned Mattone Restaurant

and Bar in La Grange

Park for nine years, they were always

searching for a spot to open

up something closer to home.

Opportunity came knocking

when a space became available

to lease through the Glenview

Park District, leading to the

opening of Coarse Italian, a rustic

Italian restaurant that serves

lunch and dinner located at the

Glenview Park Golf Club. The

grand opening of the restaurant

was June 17.

“It’s an under-utilized restaurant

spot, not a lot of people

know about it as a restaurant,”

Francese said. “I think the golfers

all understand what it is and

have all known it as food and

beverage for golfers. The idea

is to have a free-standing restaurant

that also serves the golfers.”

Though the grand opening was

less than a month ago, Coarse

Italian has been hosting banquets

and events since February.

Aside from the special events,

North Shore residents are slowly

but surely checking out the new

restaurant, which is fine with

Francese. He hasn’t even put out

the menu yet, since he’ll likely

make a few tweaks here and

there.

“From my perspective, first

impressions are everything,”

Francese said. “You don’t want

to open the spigot and then not

be able to service people. You

want everyone’s experience to

be solid. The word spreads in a

positive way, we want to be here

for a long time, we don’t want

to be here for three years and be

gone. We want this to be a successful

venture for the next five-

10 years.”

In order to do that, Francese

said he thinks you need to move

slowly in the business.

“Grow slowly, introduce it

slowly to people, get them excited

about something new but

Coarse Italian

800 Shermer Road,

Glenview

(847) 657-3200

www.coarseitalian.com

10:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Monday

10:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m.,

5 p.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-

Thursday

10:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 5

p.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday

10:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 4

p.m.-8 p.m. Sunday

Coarse Italian’s drunken gnocchi ($17) is a made-from-scratch dish

with ricotta gnocchi, topped with a vodka cream sauce. Photos by

Martin Carlino/22nd Century Media

The arugula salad ($13) is prepared with almonds, blueberries, red

onions, dried cranberries, shaved parmesan, and an apple-cider

vinaigrette.

The Coarse burger, which features a custom grind double patty made

of brisket, short rib and ground chuck, is an early favorite of diners.

not overwhelm yourself or overwhelm

your staff and provide

bad service,” he added.

Whereas Mattone is a restaurant

on a busy street and is visible

to traffic, Coarse Italian is

hidden in the heart of the golf

course. There’s good traffic when

the weather is nice, but golfers

aren’t typically looking for a sitdown

meal after 18 holes.

Francese is a golfer himself,

but he still decided to delay the

grand opening in order to get a

better idea of what the golfers

are looking for.

“The issue in the past has always

been golfers are here when

it’s convenient for golf, they’re

not here for food,” Francese

said. “Food is the afterthought or

the byproduct of golf, same with

their drinking habits. … It’s really

a supply-demand economy

of scale decision that we make,

when we are stocking, when we

are putting items out when it’s

hot, when it rains and there’s no

one here from the golf traffic.”

Francese hopes both golfers

and non-golfers alike will come

to Coarse Italian for the menu,

which contains some classic entrees

found at Mattone’s along

with some new dishes. Coarse

features both a special events

menu for banquets and an earlybird

breakfast menu for golfers

looking to hit the links at the

break of dawn.

A group of 22nd Century Media

Editors stopped into Coarse

Italian and tried out some menu

items.

We started with a special cocktail

Francese calls the Glen Revival.

It contains bourbon, lime

juice, chamomile-infused syrup,

and has a Cabernet float on top.

The drink starts off tasting like

wine, but once the wine mixes

with the bourbon, it’s similar to

a whiskey sour.

For food, we started with the

Coarse burger ($12.50), which

features a custom grind double

patty made of brisket, short rib

and ground chuck. On top of

the patty was caramelized bacon

onion jam and farm fresh tomatoes

surrounded by a pretzel bun.

Homemade pickle chips came

with the burger.

Next up was the drunken gnocchi

($17), which Francese’s

staff makes from scratch with

ricotta instead of potatoes. The

vodka cream sauce on top was a

nice touch.

We wrapped up with the arugula

salad ($13) made with almonds,

blueberries, red onions,

dried cranberries, shaved Parmesan

and an apple cider vinaigrette.

Some of Francese’s top dishes

are the marinated skirt steak with

grilled vegetables and roasted

herbed potatoes for $26, and the

crispy stuffed chicken, stuffed

with risotto, peas and parmesan

for $22.50.

Coarse Italian also features

an extensive wine list, including

The Wraith, a $797 bottle of cabernet

sauvignon.

Francese encourages patrons

to reserve a table at Coarse Italian

through OpenTable. Anyone

looking to hold a function

at Coarse can use the banquet

room, which fits up to 80 people.

Before Coarse opened its

doors, Francese was nervous

about serving his neighbors.

Considering the traffic the restaurant’s

gotten so far, it seems

he’s made the good first impression

he was hoping for.

“It’s been great; they’ve been

super receptive, we’ve had repeat

traffic from the neighbors,

which has been fantastic,” Francese

said. “You don’t want to

provide a bad experience for

people you live next door too.

(It) hasn’t been the case, thankfully,

we’ve had lots of traffic

from friends and people that

we know in the neighborhood,

which has been great.”


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north shore puzzler CROSSWORD & Sudoku

Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park, Highwood, Northbrook, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Northfield, Lake Forest and Lake Bluff

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur

Across

1. ___ crossroads

4. Brazilian dance

9. Sarandon of

“Bull Durham”

14. Movie studio

15. Punk

16. How you say it

17. Collectible

topper

19. “I wanna!”

20. Needle holder

21. “Why should

___ you?”

23. Presidential

nickname

26. New Trier

senior and Eagle

scout, Greg

31. Foot phalange

32. Water holder

34. Enlarged map

details

35. Bubbler

38. Manner

39. Weak, as an

excuse

41. Nugent of rock

42. Android programs,

for short

43. Kind of platter

44. Wood coverings

46. Executes

48. Bag-like structure

49. Chow down

52. Wilmette Junior

High school

student and Wilmette

Girl Scout,

Cate _____

55. Fly with a long

proboscis

57. Gave the boot

58. Forest creatures

59. “To your

health!”

63. Reduce in value

or status

67. A short stanza

68. “No bid”

69. “For shame!”

70. Flat breads of

south Asia

71. Needle

72. Jacuzzi

Down

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2. Overly

3. Adjust

4. Cardinal’s insignia

5. Knock the socks off

6. MC tool

7. Hair feature

8. Jobs’ company

9. Mideast V.I.P.

10. Deplete

11. The Lord of the

Rings good guy

12. Annual meeting

13. Born (Fr.)

18. Solder material

22. Fujairah bigwig

24. ___ fixe

25. Cup handle

27. Replies to an invitation,

briefly

28. Store

29. Elevator inventor

30. Application datum,

abbr.

33. Better half, so to

speak

35. Mad and dangerous

36. Bo Derek rating

37. Dedicatory poems

39. Moth variety

40. On __ with: equal

to

42. Circle parts

43. Zip

44. Powerful auto

engine

45. Nosh

47. In other words

49. Animals with brown

summer fur

50. Gone

51. Former currency of

Spain

53. Ushered

54. Antiparkinsonian

agent

56. Be mistaken

59. Calligrapher’s

concern

60. Helical stuff

61. Future embryos

62. Lad

64. Tail motion

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City”

66. Clock std.

HIGHWOOD

The Humble Pub

(336 Green Bay Road,

(847) 433-6360)

■8-12 ■ p.m. every

Wednesday night:

Open Jam

210

(210 Green Bay Road

(847) 433-0304)

■7:30 ■ p.m. Saturday,

July 6: Kings and Associates

Buffo’s

(431 Sheridan Road,

(847) 432-0301)

■7 ■ p.m. every Monday:

Trivia

Everts Park

(130 Highwood Ave.)

■Wednesdays, ■

running

until Aug. 28,

4:30-9:30 p.m. (no

market on July 3):

Highwood’s Evening

Gourmet Market

Downtown Highwood

■July ■ 20-21: Taco Fest

HIGHLAND PARK

Jens Jensen Park

(486 Roger Williams

Ave.)

■Running ■ each Thursday

until Sept. 12:

Food Truck Thursday,

featuring live music

starting at 4:30 p.m.

NORTHBROOK

Pinstripes

(1150 Willow Road,

(847) 480-2323)

■From ■ open until close

all week: bowling and

bocce

Village Green Park

(Downtown Northbrook

— Shermer and Meadow

Roads_

■6:30 ■ p.m. every Tuesday

night through July

23: Tuesdays in the

Park

GLENVIEW

Johnny’s Kitchen

(1740 Milwaukee Ave.

(847) 699-9999)

■7:30 ■ p.m. every Friday

and Saturday: Live

Music

To place an event in The

Scene, email martin@

northbrooktower.com

answers

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Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that

has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of

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

and box must contain each of the numbers

1 to 9.

LEVEL: Medium

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan


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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Sammy Dubin

Dubin is a rising junior

on the Highland Park

baseball team.

How did you get

started playing

baseball?

I’ve been playing pretty

much for as long as I can

remember. I just remember

when I was young, I’d go

out in my driveway and my

dad would hit me tennis

balls of the gravel. We’d

play these little simulated

fielding games, and we’d

do that for hours on end. I

loved it, that sort of birthed

my love for baseball.

What’s your favorite

part of playing

baseball?

Definitely the hitting

portion. Some people

don’t like the fact that

you’re going to fail more

than you succeed, but it almost

makes me feel more

at peace and calm in the

batter’s box when I know

that the odds are against

me. If I come through with

a hit or I get on base, that

means that I beat the odds.

What’s the most

challenging part of

playing baseball?

I would say the fact

that during the season, the

games are pretty much everyday.

If you have a bad

game and maybe you’re

unsure of yourself or

lacking confidence, you

got to get up the next day

and go right back at it. In

some cases that can be a

positive, but I know that

through various points of

the season, my confidence

is low and all I want to do

is take a day or two to go

to the batting cages myself

and practice my work a

little bit.

What’s the best

coaching advice you’ve

ever gotten?

It’s sort of generic, it’s

definitely very helpful,

just to be in the moment

in baseball. There are a

ton of pitches each game,

at any given pitch you

might make a mistake, but

looking back on that and

keeping that in the back of

your mind when you go up

to your next at-bat or you

make your next pitch, that

can never be helpful.

If you could play

another sport besides

baseball, what would

it be?

I would definitely play

tennis. I took tennis lessons

when I was younger

and I played a little bit at

my overnight camp. I love

team games because of the

cameraderie, but there’s

something about tennis

where it’s just you and

you’re the only one who

really determines your

outcome.

What’s your favorite

place to eat?

I’m a big barbecue guy,

so I love Real Urban Barbecue.

I don’t really go

there for the meats, I love

the sides there, especially

the corn bake.

What’s the first thing

photo submited

you would buy if you

won the lottery?

I’d probably buy a

blimp. You see them in

movies sometimes, they

seem very luxurious, I

would love to be in a blimp

for something.

Who is your favorite

athlete?

I really like Wilson Contreras.

He just plays with

so much heart.

If you could travel

anywhere in the

world, where would

you go?

I’d like to go to Spain,

I’ve been a couple of

places in Europe, but my

parents studied abroad

in Spain and they always

talk about their great experiences

there. From the

outside, the culture is extremely

fascinating.

If you could have any

superpower, what

would it be?

I’d probably like to read

minds, that would alleviate

a lot of the stress of weird

social environments and

awkward moments.

Interview by Sports Editor

Nick Frazier

Athlete of the Month

Kost earns Trevians’ first honor

Michael Wojtychiw

Contributing Sports Editor

New Trier recent graduate

Andrew Kost had quite

the spring.

Kost, a pitcher on the

New Trier baseball team,

was named 22nd Century

Media Athlete of the

Month for May. He’s the

first Trevian to win the

award in 2019.

Kost took over ace status

for New Trier this year,

going 7-2 with a 1.49 ERA

and 47 strikeouts. It seemed

like every time New Trier

needed a big win, Kost was

June Athlete of the

Month Candidates

Highland Park

Alex Gordon, boys water

polo

Natalie Abreu, softball

Charlie Tiemeyer, boys

tennis

Jamie Stern, girls soccer

Lake Forest

on the mound.

Kost won this month’s

voting with 267 votes,

narrowly edging out Glenbrook

South outfielder

Brendan Matias, who had

253. Highland Park soccer

player Sydney Cohen

took thirs with 142 votes

and Highland Park girls

lacrosse player Berkely

Clayborne had 124 tallies..

Voting lasted from June

10-25. The Athlete of the

Month contest for athletes

selected in the month of

June gets underway on July

10 and will end on July 25.

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Guys talk about state of IHSA, offer advice

Staff Report

In this week’s episode of

The Varsity: North Shore,

the only podcast focused

on North Shore sports,

hosts Michal Dwojak, Michael

Wojtychiw and Nick

Frazier are joined by 22nd

Century Media Publisher

Joe Coughlin as the four

put on their commissioner

hats and talk about the

state of the IHSA and what

could need some improvements,

dividing conversation

topics by logistics,

rules and things that they

think the organization did

Katie Bondoc, girls

soccer

Richie Hoskins, boys

lacrosse

Will Zordani, boys tennis

Woodlands Academy

Arianne Berner, softball

Glenbrook South

Dan Hawes, baseball

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First Period

The four talk about the

logistical issues the IHSA

faces and offer some advice.

Second Period

The guys move on to

New Trier baseball’s

Andrew Kost was named

22nd Century Media’s May

Athlete of the Month. 22nd

Century Media File Photo

Julia DiSano, girls soccer

Mary Grace Reynolds,

girls lacrosse

Glenbrook North

Owen Sybert, football

Jakob Sorkin, boys

lacrosse

Brandon Ng, boys track

and field

Reed milkens, boys

lacrosse

talk about some issues they

with rules and offer some

the IHSA should make.

Third Period

They finish the episode

talking about the

things they like the IHSA

changed and what the organization

does right.


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Basketball

Area coaches react to IHSA’s changes to state-series

Drew Favakeh, Sports Intern

The IHSA announced changes

to the way it will run its boys

and girls state-championship

series for the first time since the

implementation of four classes

in 2007.

Starting in 2021, the boys state

final tournament will take place

on the weekend of March 11-13,

with the same Thursday, Friday

and Saturday model while the

girls state tournament will be

held March 4-6.

Currently, the IHSA splits

each respective final series, pairing

1A and 2A together for a

weekend while 3A and 4A teams

compete the following weekend.

While the board is still accepting

host proposals, the new format

goes into effect from 2021-

2023.

“There has been a great deal

of support for this new tournament

format over the past few

months,” IHSA Executive Director

Craig Anderson says in

a press release on the organization’s

website. “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.”

Highland Park boys basketball

coach Paul Harris says he

understands the organization’s

rationale behind the decision, as

one of the final weekends would

typically conflict with the NCAA

men’s basketball tournament.

“I think part of what they’re

trying to do is move everything,

at least for boys 3A and 4A, to

have the state finals one week

earlier,” Harris said. “I think

the goal in this is that now there

won’t be that conflict, they’re

hoping attendance will improve

because of it.”

The IHSA also announced that

there may be changes to the state

final venues. The finals have

been held at Illinois State University’s

Redbird Arena in Normal

and at Carver Arena inside

the Peoria Civic Center.

Harris remembers going to

games at the StateFarm Center

in Champaign and having a great

time. He’s in favor of the IHSA

looking at other possible venues.

“I think it’s healthy in any kind

of environment when you’ve

been somewhere for a while,

to see what other communities,

what other cities would be open

to hosting, and what that would

look like,” Harris said. “We have

a fairly large state, if you have it

in southern Illinois or northern

Illinois somebody is going to get

upset. I’m sure having it centrally

located is an important factor.

I think it’s healthy to look, I’m

sure whoever they decide is going

to be the community that really

is all in in their presentation

and what they can do for high

school basketball in the state of

Illinois.”

David Weber has been the

boys coach at Glenbrook North

for the last 24 years and was recently

inducted into the Illinois

Basketball Coaches Association

Hall of Fame. He traveled

to state four times, collecting a

state title and third-place finish.

The year he won a state title,

2005, he remembered the games

were sold out and people scrambled

to get in.

However, he doesn’t think the

talent has decreased in the state,

but the popularity of college basketball

is to blame.

“The state is trying to increase

the crowds and make it like it

used to be,” Weber said. “From

what I hear, it’s not as well-attended

as it had been in the past.

The big thing with this is March

Madness is killing the state tournament

attendance. If you’re a

basketball fan now, we never had

March Madness on TV, where

everybody is watching it.”

Glenbrook South boys head

coach Phil Ralston thinks the

overall experience was what

Highland Park boys basketball coach Paul Harris gives instructions to his players at a summer camp in

June. 22nd Century Media File Photo

made the Illinois state tournament

so magical in the first

place. After coaching at Geneva

for nine years, Ralston has spent

two seasons coaching Glenbrook

South.

“It was like a basketball lover’s

dream: you go see great

high school basketball, in-between

games you go the hotel,

watch the NCAA tournament,”

Ralston said. “Heck, for me and

my kids, those were cherished

weekends. It’s not that way anymore,

sadly. The state messed

with something really, really

good and now this is what we

have. It’s sad to see high school

basketball deteriorate as much

as it has in the last 20 years.

And they can’t figure out how

to fix it.”

Although he cherishes memories

at Peoria, Ralston proposes

switching venues, specifically

to DePaul University’s Wintrust

Arena.

“One of the best things Peoria

offers being the host is the basketball

experience in the convention

center,” Ralston said. “I

think the enthusiasm to be a part

of that and be there and experience

that has dwindled. If you

don’t have that many people to

check out the convention center,

the basketball experience, then

why even have i?.”

Teri Rodgers has coached

New Trier’s girls program for 20

years, finishing third in the state

in 2001 and 2015, and second

in 2004. Although she acknowledged

the decrease in attendance,

she attributed that to variance.

“If anything, in the last 20

years, attendance has gone

down,” Teri Rodgers said.

“There have been years where

we did draw well and there have

been years where we didn’t

draw well at all. In 04-05, we

draw really, really well, the last

two times we’ve been there, we

didn’t draw as well. It’s hard,

there’s a lot going on; boys are

playing at the same time.”

Lake Forest girls basketball

head coach Kyle Wilhelm prefers

one weekend of basketball.

Although he’s never reached the

state tournament, Wilhelm has

attended the last seven years.

The coach agrees it makes for

a longer day of games, but thinks

the idea of getting more teams

down there and having the kids

exposed to other styles of teams

would be beneficial.

“It has the potential for a nice

championship Saturday,” Wilhelm

said. “To watch four state

championships on one day, that

sounds pretty cool. I like the idea

of putting all four together, but

my only concern is the thirdplace

games, if those are still

gonna be needed.”


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Highland Park athletes earn CSL honors

Staff report

Thirty-four Giants were named

to a Central Suburban League

All-Conference team this spring.

• Anthony Hyatt, Boys Gymnastics

• Lucas Absler, Boys Gymnastics

• Taylor Gilling, Girls Track

• Ketura Liberius, Girls Track

• Maddie Sands, Girls Track

• Emmi Mauer, Girls Track

• Annelise Van Den Akker, Girls

Track

• Grace Kern, Girls Track

• Jeremy Frankel, Baseball

• Michael Rooney, Baseball

• Danny Saslow, Baseball

• Josh Mendiola, Baseball

• Sarah Stahlberger, Girls Soccer

• Jolie Carl, Girls Soccer

• Jamie Stern, Girls Soccer

• Jeff Siegel, Boys Volleyball

• Josh Rohn, Boys Volleyball

• Natalie Abreu, Softball

• Jen Kaufman, Softball

• Grace Spencer, Softball

• Jeremy Learner, Boys Tennis

• Ben Aizenberg, Boys Tennis

• Max Rosenfeld, Boys Tennis

• Max Baum, Boys Tennis

• Ryan Lederer, Boys Tennis

• Charlie Tiemeyer, Boys Tennis

• Alex Zlotnik, Boys Lacrosse

• Jared Bloom, Boys Lacrosse

• Berkeley Clayborne, Girls Lacrosse

• Max Kaplan, Boys Track

• Jason Polydoris, Boys Track

• Corey Fairchild, Boys Track

• Frankie Pecaro, Boys Water Polo

• Sydney Tran, Girls Water Polo

Highland Park

baseball alumnus

Jeremy

Frankel throws

a pitch in the

Giants’ sectional

semifinal loss to

Lake Forest on

May 29 at Boomers

Stadium in

Schaumburg.

Frankel earned

All-Central Suburban

League

honors for both

his play and for

sportsmanship.

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media file photo

From the Sports Editor

What a season it was

Nick Frazier

Sports Editor

My first full

season covering

Highland Park

athletics was a memorable

one.

I had to learn a lot on

the fly after I arrived in

the North Shore in March.

Thank god I did, because

giving full attention to the

top teams in the area this

spring was a blast.

The most memorable

team I covered had to be

the Highland Park baseball

team. The Giants put

together a so-so 14-15 record

in the regular season

before putting together a

postseason to remember.

They defeated secondseeded

Stevenson on the

road in the regional semifinal,

then won a wild

one against Mundelein to

clinch a regional title. HP

did all of this as a 15-seed

in the sectional.

The Giants’ season

ended versus Lake Forest

in the sectional semifinal,

but postseason runs like

this are what eventually

build programs into

perennial contenders.

Highland Park also

had a state champion this

spring. Taylor Gilling

proved she was the fastest

runner in the state, winning

the Class 3A titles

in both the 100-meter

and 200-meter dash. Her

times for those races were

the fastest in all three

classes.

Gilling has since graduated

from HPHS and

will go on to run at the

University of Wisconsin-

Madison. Considering all

that she’s accomplished

with the Giants, there’s

little reason to doubt that

she’ll be a star with the

Badgers.

Thank you to every

player, coach, and member

of the Highland Park

community for making

my transition to Illinois a

smooth one. I can’t wait

to see what’s in store for

the fall.

Until then, I’ll be

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n.frazier@22nd centurymedia.com

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Nick Frazier, Sports Editor

When he was a freshman

at Highland Park High

School, Giancarlo Volpentesta’s

brother, Cristian,

was in the midst of being

recruited by Division

I schools. Cristian would

visit several schools on official

visits, and sometimes

Giancarlo got to tag along.

Those early trips to different

campuses helped

Giancarlo figure out what

he wanted to do after high

school.

“Seeing the atmosphere,

the high intensity, the

fast pace, and then seeing

how the coaches are

and all of the facilites and

everything,” Volpentesta

said. “Once seeing that at

a younger age, I kind of

realized that that’s what I

wanted to do. My brother

was a big influence on

that.”

That’s why Volpentesta,

all six feet, 175 pounds of

him, is currently at North

Dakota State University as

a preferred walk-on. The

wide receiver arrived on

campus on June 8 and has

been working hard lifting

and running.

“I’m loving it so far,

it’s been a great experience,”

Volpentesta said.

“I’ve only been here two

and a half weeks but I can

already tell that I’ll have a

lot of fun.”

Volpentesta comes from

a football family. His dad,

Anthony, played football

at Highland Park and in junior

college. Cristian was

an All-Central Suburban

League first team member

as a junior and senior with

the Giants.

On top of that, Giancarlo

has a little brother,

Giovanni, and an uncle,

Danny, that will be juniors

with the Highland Park

football team this fall.

Needless to say, Giancarlo

was always active growing

up with his family.

“Definitely as little

kids, we had a football in

our hands since we were

little,” Volpentesta said.

“That tradition got passed

on.”

As a wide receiver with

the Giants in his senior

year, Volpentesta totaled

32 catches for 448 yards

and four touchdowns. He

earned Central Suburban

League All-Conference

honors and made 22nd

Century Media’s Football

Team 22 Second Team.

Before the season even

ended, however, Volpentesta

looked to make

his commitment. Some

schools weren’t great at

communicating and being

transparent with him,

but North Dakota State

was always the exception.

NDSU sent recrutiers to

Highland Park to meet

with Volpentesta, which

he enjoyed.

“North Dakota State

was that one school who

was always straight up

with me, they always told

the truth and they were

very good at communicating

about where I am in

the process,” Volpentesta

said. “I already had some

prior knowledge of North

Dakota State because of

my brother, he was getting

recruited by North Dakota

State in high school. That

kind of gave me a little

more background on them

also.”

Volpentesta ended up

visiting NDSU’s campus

four different times, a sure

sign that him and the Bison

were a match.

“The campus is amazing,”

Volpentesta said.

“For football life everything

is nice and close, the

dining center is nice and

close, it’s very convenient.

The facilites are top of the

line, amazing facilites. The

coaching staff is very welcoming,

they’re very cool

people. Everyone’s very

nice with you and everything,

you go to a restaurant

or something and everyone

is super nice.”

Add in the fact that

North Dakota State has

won seven NCAA FCS national

championships this

decade, and it became an

easy choice.

“Obviously, North Dakota

State is a very winning

program, you can

see all the national championships

they’ve won,

that was a very big selling

point,” Volpentesta said.

“Just everything combined,

it was a no-brainer

decision.”

Volpentesta originally

was going to walk on as

a safety — he had seven

interceptions at Highland

Park last season — but has

since switched to a receiver.

Not that Volpentesta

minds; he’s just happy to

be playing the game he

loves in college.

Without guidance from

David Lindquist, Volpentesta’s

high school coach

who played at the University

of Illinois, Urbana-

Champaign, Volpentesta

might not have made it to

North Dakota.

“He knew what the next

level should be like and

how to train me to get to

that level,” Volpentesta

said. “He was really good

at getting me practice and

putting us through the necessary

amount of work to

get to this level. I knew

that college football was

a goal of mine, and he

Highland Park alumnus Giancarlo Volpentesta celebrates after scoring a touchdown

in 2018. 22nd Century Media File Photo

Volpentesta poses in his North Dakota State jersey during one of his visits. Photo

submitted

was going to push me to

the limits and push me to

where I need to be.

“With recruiting he was

pretty good at communicating

with me, if a coach

wanted to talk or a coach

was coming in, he would

always tell me what he

said. He was a pretty good

person that helped me get

to the next level.”


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Youth Soccer

Local U10 team wins tournament

Nick Frazier, Sports Editor

22nd Century Media File

Photo

1st-and-3

Stars of the Week

1. Jeremy Frankel &

Alex Zlotnik (Above,

left).

The two Giants

were given

All-Central

Suburban League

sportsmanship

honors in their

respective sports.

2. Giancarlo

Volpentesta. The

star football player

from Highland

Park will walk on

at North Dakota

State University as

a wide receiver.

3. Highland Park

AYSO U10 team.

Despite having

only one practice

together, the team

won the AYSO

Section Games

in Libertyville in

dramatic fashion,

winning the

championship in

overtime.

A Highland Park boys

U10 team won the AYSO

Section Games tournament

in Libertyville on

June 15.

Despite never having

played together before and

having only one practice

before the tournament, the

Highland Park team went

3-0-1, winning two of its

pool play games 3-0 and

settling for a draw in its

third. Highland Park then

defeated Chicago Lakefront

5-3 in overtime.

“The kids did great,”

co-coach Eric Gordon

said. “They’re nine and

ten, for a team that had

not played together before

they played very unselfishly

and all kind of accepted

and knew their roles and

positions on the field, that

helps a lot.”

The biggest challenge

in the four-team, 7-on-7

tournament came in that final

game, where Highland

Park lost a 3-1 lead that

resulted in overtime. The

rain started to come down

before the start of the extra

period, but that didn’t hinder

the team.

“We told the kids ‘If

you get a chance, shoot,

because you never know

what could happen,’” Gordon

said. “Our first goal in

overtime, we shot it from

pretty far out, the goalie

had some trouble handling

it giving the slickness of

The U10 AYSO team poses with their medals after winning the Section Games tournament in Libertyville on June

15. Photo Submitted

the ball. You can’t score if

you don’t shoot.”

Highland Park scored

twice in the overtime period

to win the tournament.

Six different kids

scored goals in the Section

Games, highlighting the

team’s chemistry.

“You don’t expect your

defenders to score all that

much, but six kids scored,

which I think speaks to the

balance across the team,”

Gordon said. “We had

great goalplay, it was fun.”

Roster

• Leo Albiani

• Oliver Gordon

• Mason Hirschfeld

• Cooper Kenmuir

• Reece Luczkowiak

• Wil Nguyen

• Jack Silber

• Asher Weil

• Dylan Weitz

• Coaches Eric Gordon

and Michael Weitz

Listen Up

“I’m loving it so far, it’s been a great experience.”

Giancarlo Volpentesta — Highland Park football alumnus on his time

at North Dakota State so far

Tuning In

What to Watch this Week

•Golf: The weather is finally better, so put your

clubs to good use while you have the chance.

Visit your local golf course and hit the links.

Index

27 - Athlete of the Month

27 - Athlete of the Week

Fastbreak is compiled by Sports Editor Nick

Frazier. Send any questions or comments to

n.frazier@22ndcenturymedia.com.


The highland Park Landmark | July 5, 2019 | HPLandmark.com

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Highland Park in his senior year. 22nd Century Media File Photo

Volpentesta follows his dad’s, brother’s footsteps, heads to college for football, Page 30

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