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Wilmette scout assists

owl population, Page 8

Musical flair

Local students start DJ

company, Page 16

Yankee Doodle Dash, family fun highlight Wilmette

Independence Day celebration, Page 3

Racers (left to right) Helen Richter, 8, of Wilmette, Sophia Kueng, 8, of Wilmette, Sam Froum, 12, of Evanston,

Clayton Balch, 9, of Wilmette, and Miles Lehmer, 10, of Wilmette, get ready for the start of the Yankee Doodle Dash

July 3 at Gillson Park in Wilmette. Rhonda Holcomb/22nd Century Media



Wilmette village

presidents break

bread, Page 19





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In this week’s


Police Reports............... 6

Pet of the Week8




Dining Out30

Home of the Week32

Athlete of the Week35

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Michael Wojtychiw, x25


Sales director

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real estate sales

John Zeddies, x12


Legal Notices

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Joe Coughlin, x16


Managing Editor

Eric DeGrechie, x23


AssT. Managing Editor

Megan Bernard, x24



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Armchair Travels - San


1-2:30 p.m. July 11, Wilmette

Public Library, 1242

Wilmette Ave. Join expert

traveler Linda Rubin in exploring

San Francisco.


Under the Stars at Gillson


Sunset July 13, Gillson

Beach, Wilmette. Gather

your camping gear and

round up the kids for Wilmette’s

Gillson Beach


As the sun sets, roast

marshmallows around the

camp fire and enjoy some

family-friendly entertainment.

At sunrise enjoy cereal,

juice and coffee before

your memorable stay

draws to a close.

All children must be accompanied

by a parent/


Staff will be available

during the entire event.

Visit www.wilmettepark.org

for more information.


Cherchez La Femme -

Sunday Classical Concert

2-3 p.m. July 14, Wilmette

Public Library, 1242

Wilmette Ave.

Join us for a concert

with Cherchez la Femme,

a Chicago based musical

ensemble featuring flutist

Lisa Goethe-McGinn and

cellist Erica Lessie.


Kids’ Library Council:

Make Ice Cream

7-8 p.m. July 15, Wilmette

Public Library, 1242

Wilmette Ave. Grades 5-8.

Make your own ice cream,

then cool down as you create

and eat sundaes!

Also, help plan library

spaces and programs for



Outer Space Storytime:

Stars and Constellations

4-4:45 p.m. July 16, Wilmette

Public Library, 1242

Wilmette Ave. Grades 1-4.

Explore books and activities

related to outer space.

Topics will include the

sun, moon, stars, planets,

astronauts, and aliens. This

week, we’ll focus on stars

and constellations.


‘Paris to Pittsburgh’ film


1 p.m. July 17 and 7

p.m. July 18, Wilmette

Public Library, 1242 Wilmette

Ave. From coastal

cities to America’s heartland,

Paris to Pittsburgh

celebrates how Americans

are demanding and developing

real solutions in the

face of climate change.



Using FamilySearch to

develop family history

10:30 a.m. July 20, Wilmette

Public Library, 1242

Wilmette Ave. Learn how

to search the extensive

free databases available at

FamilySearch.org, to start

or extend your personal

genealogy as well as store

your information on FamilySearch’s

Family Tree.

Presented by Julie Busse,

genealogist with 30+ years

of experience, and currently

the Director of the

Wilmette Family History


Singing Contest

All day July 20,

throughout Wilmette.

The Wilmette/Kenilworth

Chamber is excited to announce

a new addition to

the Sidewalk Sale — a

singing contest.

The contest is open to

singers of all abilities,

ages 9 and over. A panel

of judges will select a winner

in each of three categories:

Age Group 9-15;

Age Group 16-21; and

Age Group 21+. Prizes

will be awarded to winners

in each age group. Space

is limited, so reserve your

spot at www.wilmettekenilworth.com.

Songs must

be submitted via email as

MP3 or Wave files by July

10. Performers will receive

a confirmation email

with a time slot. For more

information, call (847)

251-3800 or email info@


Local Tour of Sustainable


9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 21,

Wilmette. Those looking

to attract birds and butterflies

or divert rainwater:

to eat the fruits of their

own labors or create a

back yard retreat, will find

plenty of inspiration and

information at Go Green

Wilmette’s self-guided

Sustainable Yard Tour.

Bike-friendly map and

details at: http://www.gogreenwilmette.org/.


Antiques Appraisal with

Frederick Dose

2 p.m. July 22, Wilmette

Public Library, 1242 Wilmette

Ave. Find out what

to look for when evaluating

your old treasures.

The first 35 to sign up may

bring a hand held item or

photo of larger items such

as furniture, for evaluation

by Mr. Dose, who has been

evaluating art and antiques

since 1982. For artwork,

provide artist’s name prior

to the program. No jewelry

or accessories. Register

via the online calendar or

call (847) 256-6935.

Twilight Wilmette

Centennial Park Prairie


5-6 p.m. July 29, Centennial

Park Prairie, Corner

Wilmette and Crawford

Avenues, Wilmette.

Led by Charlotte Adelman,

prairie founder. Following

a refreshment break,

return to the prairie to spot

insects like fireflies. Event

is free. Free parking.

For information contact:

Monarch Maniacs (Sierra

Club Woods and Wetlands

Group) monarchmaniacs2018@gmail.com

For directions contact:

Tiffany at Wilmette Park

District (847) 256-9638.


French Market

Wilmette’s French Market

on Saturdays features

fresh produce, breads,

flowers and other artisanal

goods in the commuter lot

just north of the Wilmette

Village Hall, 1200 Wilmette

Ave. Check it out

from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. weekly.

Type 1 Diabetes Lounge

7 p.m., second Wednesday,

Wilmette Public

Library, 1242 Wilmette


Reach out to thousands of daily

users by submitting your event at


For just print*, email all information to


*Deadline for print is 5 p.m. the Thursday prior to publication.

Ave. The Type 1 Diabetes

Lounge provides a supportive

social network

with monthly programs

provided by medical and

technical professionals

with topics such as research

updates, cuttingedge

technologies, management

techniques and

lifestyle issues. Connect

with peers to exchange

information, feelings and

ideas for creative problem

solving. Find out more at


World War II Veterans’


10-11:30 a.m., third

Wednesday of every

month, Wilmette Public

Library, 1242 Wilmette

Ave., Wilmette. World War

II veterans gather for lively

conversation and plentiful

coffee. Participants rarely

miss a meeting. Newcomers

are welcome.

Observation Days

By appointment, weekdays,

Rose Hall Montessori

School, 1140 Wilmette

Ave., Wilmette.

Observation days are held

every day at Rose Hall, so

call the school to schedule

an appointment.

Observe a classroom,

meet with the director and

learn about how a Montessori

school can benefit

your child. Schedule an

appointment by emailing


or by calling (847)


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Wilmette Fourth of July traditions continue with bash

Alexa Burnell

Freelance Reporter

Since 1972, families

have united on July 3 at

Gillson Park, celebrating

the nation’s independence

on a day that has become

known as Wilmette’s very

own national holiday.

Hosted by the Wilmette

Park District with assistance

from the Village of

Wilmette, fire and police

Departments, the annual

celebration is one that according

to Julie Nichols,

Center for the Arts supervisor,

truly requires all

hands on deck.

“Our Independence Day

celebration is one the not

only unites the entire community

and surrounding

neighborhoods, but unifies

the park district too,” Nichols

said. “There is so much

collaboration between every

department; by now,

we all work together like

a well-oiled machine. Our

biggest reward is seeing

the smiles on the faces of

the thousands of people

who attend each year. This

is our best gift to the community.”

Marlon Rodas, marketing

and communications

director for the Wilmette

Park District, it is estimated

that 25,000 people

enjoy the day-long festivities.

This year, he and the

entire marketing department

even upped the ante,

by switching the annual

fun run from the morning

of the 4th to the morning

of the 3rd, keeping all activities

on one day.

This year, the run was

rebranded as the Yankee

Doodle Dash, attracting

300 runners. The traditional

4-mile run became a 5K,

which according to Rodas

was more “in line” with a

Yankee Doodle Dash 5K

Top 5 (male finishers)

1. Connor Trapp,

23, Rogers Park, 16

minutes, 4 seconds

2. Joseph Galindo, 18,

Northfield, 16:27

3. Colin Donovan, 45,

Wilmette, 17:11

4. Thomas Robbins,

57, Wilmette, 17:53

5. Jeffrey Jacobs, 31,

Chicago, 18:50

Top 5 (female finishers)

1. Nancy Werner, 44,

Wilmette, 19:13

2. Savannah Noethlich,

19, Winnetka, 19:49

3. Rosie Harrison, 8,

Wilmette, 21:14

4. Julia Soriano, 12,

Wilmette, 21:42

5. Courtney Doyle, 36,

Winnetka, 22:44

Connor Trapp, who grew up in Wilmette but now lives

in Rogers Park, finished first overall. Photos by Rhonda

Holcomb/22nd Century Media

run of this nature. Before

adults even put on their

running shoes, youngsters

took to the path first, running

their little hearts out in

a quick junior dash. Then,

when the race started and

the cheers filled the air,

Natalie Pierce, marketing

assistant, knew the mission

to rebrand the event

had been accomplished.

“We worked really hard

to see the run was wellreceived.

All the positive

feedback from the crowd

confirmed that our plan

worked and that the event

was a true success,” Pierce

said. “Nothing felt better

than knowing we recreated

the run, exceeding the

public’s expectations.”

Other changes to the

Yankee Doodle Dash included

handing out medals

to all participants, thanks

to the generosity of Wilmette’s

Electrolysis for

You. In addition, each participant

received a t-shirt

thanks to Diguilio Kitchens

and only the top male

and female winners were

recognized. Those winners

were, Connor Trapp and

Nancy Werner.

At the end of the run,

attendees were treated to

cold beer and food trucks,

giving participants just

enough time to head home,

shower up and head back

for the afternoon and evening


Once there, the grounds

of Gillson Park were filled

to the brim with guests enjoying

face painting, children’s

games, pony rides,

sack races, live music,

great food and unforgettable

entertainment such as

the legendary Jessie White


Wilmette’s Cary Kelly

confessed that the Tumblers

performance is one

of his favorite parts of the

evening, despite having to

navigate the crowd and occasional

view obstructions.

“We’ve been coming to

the Independence Day celebration

for over 10 years

and never tire of the Jessie

White Tumblers,” Kelly

said. “My whole family

enjoys them even though

each year, our view is inevitably

blocked by a wellmeaning

Uncle Sam on

stilts. It happens each year

and it’s become a funny

family story now.”

After all the pomp and

circumstance, the night

grew dim and families

began to settle into their

designated spots enjoying

food, friendship and

laughter, before a grand

fireworks display over

Lake Michigan. Little ones

A group of runners pose with “Uncle Sam.”

The Jessie White Tumblers perform. Alexa Burnell/22nd

Century Media

Trapp (left) and Wilmette’s Nancy Werner, who was first

among women. Rhonda Holcomb/22nd Century Media

cuddle on their parent’s

laps, talking about which

firework gave the most

bang for its buck.

Wilmette’s VanderKamp

family were one of those

guests spending time with

one another, gazing up into

the sky watching the fireworks

light up the night.

“Watching the fireworks

with our family and

friends while others do the

same is one of our favorite

moments of the year,” said

mom, Tara VanderKamp.

The fireworks are very

special to our family; the

only thing I can think of

that would make it more

spectacular would be the

addition of patriotic music,

reminding each and every

person here that today is

truly about celebrating our

country and the independence

and freedoms we all


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Police Reports

Posted to WilmetteBeaconDaily.com 6 days ago

Mover charged with felony theft of $10K in silverware

Robert L.

Hames, 26,

of Berwyn,

was arrested

and charged

with felony

theft following

an investigation



the Wilmette Police Department.

A resident reported to

police that between May

21-25 she hired a moving

company, Del’s Moving

and Storage out of Countryside,

to move her personal

belongings from her

home in east Wilmette to

the Village Green Atrium

Senior Citizen condominiums

on Ridge Road. During

the move, two sterling

silver sets with a total

value in excess of $10,000

went missing. Detectives

learned that Hames, an

employee of the moving

company, was allegedly

associated with a person

who pawned the victim’s

silverware at a pawn shop

in Berwyn.

After further investigation,

Hames was eventually

charged with felony

theft and held overnight

for bond court.


July 3

• Police were called to

Jewel, 411 Green Bay

Road, for a report at 1:41

p.m. July 1 of a shirtless

white male subject who

refused to leave the store

and had touched a customer.

The subject refused

to identify himself and left

south on Green Bay Road.

The victim and Jewel staff

did not wish to sign complaints.

• A victim reported that

between 5-8 p.m. July 1

his black Haro Flightline

bicycle was taken from

the bike rack at Centennial

Park, 2300 Old Glenview


• A victim reported that

between 8:35-9 p.m. July

2 his unlocked black Raleigh

Talus 2 bike was

taken from near the beach

house at Gillson Park, 101

Lake Ave.

June 30

• A victim reported that between

9 a.m. June 24 and 7

a.m. June 25 an unknown

offender(s) stole his locked

bicycle from the bike rack

at the Metra Station, 722

Green Bay Road.

June 29

• A resident in the 300

block of 4th Street reported

that between 7 p.m.

June 27 and 9 a.m. June 28

an unknown offender(s)

stole his 2015 Honda Odyssey

from his driveway.


June 29

• Responding to a noise

complaint at the Kenilworth

Beach at 5:21

a.m. June 29, a Kenilworth

police officer discovered

six teenage boys in the

water creating a nuisance

by being loud. The juveniles

were directed to

come ashore and upon

exiting the water, further

investigation revealed the

subjects to have consumed

alcohol and have cannabis

and other drug paraphernalia

in their possession. Parents

were contacted and

the juveniles were released

with local ordinance tickets

each for illegal consumption

of alcohol by a

minor and illegal possession

of cannabis. The cited

were: (2) 17-year-old juveniles

from Wilmette; (3)

17-year-old juveniles from

Winnetka; and (1) 16-yearold

juvenile male.

• A victim reported leaving

their locked bicycle in the

bike rack at school for several

days. Upon returning

to retrieve the bicycle, it

was discovered that an unknown

person(s) removed

the bicycle without consent

sometime between 8

a.m. June 15 and 1:18 p.m.

June 29. The amount of the

loss is $400.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Wilmette

Beacon Police Reports

are compiled from official

reports found on file at the

Wilmette and Kenilworth police

headquarters. They are

ordered by the date the incident

was reported. Individuals

named in these reports

are considered innocent of all

charges until proven guilty in

a court of law.

Village-wide scavenger hunt continues through Aug. 4

Alexa Burnell

Freelance Reporter

Attention residents! If

anyone notices an ornery,

old-fashioned officer milling

about town, don’t be

alarmed. His name is Officer

Engels, the second official

police officer of Gross

Point and he has misplaced

his keys, turning to the

Wilmette Historical Museum

for assistance.

In response, museum super

sleuths, Laura Winston,

Lori Matten and Sharron

Murray have collaborated

with the Wilmette Public

Library and the Wilmette/

Kenilworth Chamber of

Commerce, using the 4th

annual village-wide Scavenger

Hunt, running from

June 17-August 4, as an

opportunity to find the

misplaced key.

“The annual scavenger

hunt is a wonderful way to

teach children about important

local history,” Winston

said. “Each year we focus

on a new and interesting

piece of history. My favorite

part is when children

come back, telling us about

all that they have learned.”

Winston further explained

that the idea for

Officer Engels came to

mind because children often

wonder why a jail exists

in the basement of the


“This is a question we

are frequently asked, so

now is a good opportunity

to explain to everyone

that the jail exists because

this historic building was

once the police station,”

Winston said. “Teaching

children how this building

was once used for other

purposes, reflects our interest

and commitment to

preserving the past. Buildings

don’t need to be torn

down because they are old.

They contain many important

facts of history and

can easily be restored to fit

current needs.”

Along with promoting

local history, the event

promotes local businesses,

too. Twenty-five shops

— located in the Village

Center, on Ridge Road, at

4th and Linden and Plaza

Del Lago —have agreed

to hide an image of Officer

Engels in their store.

Families are welcomed to

pop in to hunt for the key

during regular business

hours. The hunt can easily

be conducted by foot

or by bike, making it easy

to travel from one store to

another, while enjoying a

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Paige McConnell (left) and Aanchal Kaura, both of

Kenilworth, pose after completing the entire scavanger

hunt. Alexa burnell/22nd century media

summer day.

For Chamber Executive

Director Julie Yusim, the

beloved scavenger hunt

is a great way to bring

business owners and residents

together, saying,

“The scavenger hunt gives

residents an incentive to

explore and discover Wilmette’s

business districts

and to see the great things

the businesses have to offer.

The businesses love

the interaction with families.”

To participate, grab

a booklet from the Museum

during their hours

of 1-4:30 from Sunday to

Thursday or the Wilmette

Public Library Youth

Department. Once participants

have gathered

at least 10 signatures or

stamps, the booklet can be

brought back to the museum,

where a coupon for

a free ice cream cone from

Homer’s will await them.

For those who collect 15 or

more signatures or stamps,

a coupon for a free, small

Lou Malnati’s pizza will

await them at the Museum,

and their name will be entered

into a raffle where

participants will have the

chance to win a prizes generously

donated by Lad &

Lassie, Wilmette Bicycle

& Sports Shop and the

Wilmette Theatre.

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Wilmette resident builds owl homes for Eagle Scout project


Kris Hagen, of


Carly is a very good

girl. She has lived

in Wilmette since

2008, when she

was adopted from

a rescue group in

Missouri. Carly will

be 13 years old in

August. Carly loves

the beach, but she

does not go into

the lake because

she doesn’t like water. She enjoys half-heartedly

chasing squirrels and taking short walks around

the neighborhood with lots of sniff stops.

To see your pet as Pet of the Week, send information to

eric@wilmettebeacon.com or 60 Revere Drive, Suite 888,

Northbrook, IL 60062.

Nora Crumley

Editorial Intern

Wilmette’s Dodge Adams,

a rising sophomore

at New Trier High School,

has always felt a responsibility

toward and passion

for the environment.

When Adams, 14, had

the opportunity to do a

service project to work

towards earning his Eagle

Scout rank, he decided to

use his time completing a

project that was both useful

to his community and

benefited the local environment.

After one of his relatives

did a similar project,

Adams chose to build owl

nesting boxes.

After consulting with

Ojai Raptor Center in Ojai,

Calif., Adams decided to

build the homes specifically

for the Barn Owl. The

Barn Owl has a distinct

white heart-shaped face

with a white belly and cinnamon

and gray-colored

feathers on its back.

“I thought it would be

perfect because the population

of the Barn Owls is

declining in the Midwest

because of urbanization,”

Adams said. “These boxes

can take the first step to

help to get them back on

their feet, repopulate and

rebalance the environment

after the effects of urbanization.”

Barn owls are indigenous

to all of north and

central America, yet populations

in northern Illinois

have been declining. According

to the Barn Owl

Box Company, a company

that provides boxes that

serve as homes for these

birds, Barn Owl population

have decreased in

Northern Illinois not because

of climate but due to

lack of appropriate habitat.

Like their name suggests

Barn Owls preferred habitat

is barns, of which there

are few in sprawling suburbia.

Adams, who is a Wilmette

Life Scout in Kenilworth

Troop 13, recognized

this issue and in

response built ten Barn

Owl nesting homes. These

nesting homes are located

at the Wilmette Golf

Course and Canal Shores.

The decision to put

these nesting boxes at golf

courses has a practical purpose

of removing rodents

for the golf courses. “Barn

Owls main pray is rodents,

like mice and shrews,” Adams


Additionally, these boxes

also serve to limit the

use of harsh rodenticides

and could improve the local

environment. “These

nesting boxes hopefully

will be able to attract owls

to the area and the golf

course can then limit their

use of rodenticides. Rodenticides

are very harmful

to the environment and

the chemicals in them can

work their way up the food

chain and really be detrimental,”

Adams said.

The process to plan,

create and install these

nesting houses took seven

months and brings Adams

one step closer to earning

his Eagle Scout rank.

Adams also hopes the

nesting boxes, which are

located 15ft high in trees

on the golf courses, will

raise awareness for Barn

Owls and the effects environmental

changes had on

their population.

“The earth is potentially

in a crisis right now and

I was just taking a small

step to help out nature and

raise awareness about the

environmental problems

we are creating,” Adams

said. “But we can all help,

as a community, to fix the

problems we created and

take steps towards creating

a better environment and a

better world.”


LFHS alum, lacrosse player

dies in wake surfing


John “Jack” Ireland Adams,

20, of Lake Forest,

died at Clear Lake, Ind. on

June 29 while wake surfing,

one of his favorite activities.

Adams was born in

1998 in Indianapolis and

is preceded in death by his

grandparents, Robert H.

Adams and Joan I. Adams

and his aunt Debra Adams.

He is survived by his

parents, Richard and Kristine,

brother Connor and

sister Lindsay, grandparents

Gary and Suzi Hewitt,

aunt Kelly McCabe (Paul),

uncle Robert Adams (Nancy),

cousins John and Kate

McCabe, Courtney, Kelsey

and Mackenzie Adams.

After graduating from

Lake Forest High School,

Adams attended The College

of Charleston where

he pledged the Pi Kappa

Alpha fraternity.

He cherished his short

time with his “brothers.”

Adams was passionate

about lacrosse and loved

every aspect of the game,

particularly the camaraderie

he enjoyed with his

teammates and coaches.

Adams was a fouryear

varsity player for the


In 2017 he was named

team captain, IHSLA All-

State, IHSLA All-Conference

first team, and was

voted the team’s Most

Valuable Defenseman.

“Sweet Jack” had an infectious

smile, was quick

to make friends and was

a leader on the field as a

coach for The Lake Forest

Lacrosse Association.

Reporting by Alyssa Groh,

Contributing Editor. Full

story at LakeForestLeader.



Doors near school

entrances to receive

electronic locks

An added sense of security

will soon be coming to

District 28 schools.

District officials announced

last month that

doors near the front entrances

of its schools will

receive electronic locks

this summer.

Meadowbrook is slated

to receive its security improvements

during renovations

scheduled to take

place during summer


Electronic locks will be

added to the main office

doors, limiting access to

the school’s main hall only

to those who have checked

in and are buzzed in by the

main office, according to

District 28 officials.

District parent Collen

Milks, whose husband

has served as the Village

of Glencoe’s police chief,

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Celebrate West Wilmette showcases local businesses

Alexa Burnell

Freelance Reporter

East Wilmette may have

easy access to the lakefront,

but West Wilmette

has earned bragging rights

as one of the most up and

coming places to shop

around town.

On June 22 to highlight

the new growth, the Wilmette/Kenilworth


of Commerce hosted

Celebrate West Wilmette

where businesses offered

dozens of deals, while

sharing their unique offerings

with the public.

“One of the most special

things about West Wilmette

is that there are a lot of

family-owned businesses

— even in all of the shopping

centers,” Chamber

Executive Director, Julie

Yusim, said. “All of our

chamber members in this

part of town, offer great,

personalized service and

quality merchandise. This

event was designed to remind

folks that West Wilmette

is a great neighborhood.

For Georgina Akel, the

branch manager at Byline

Bank located at 3247 Lake

Ave., the event was an opportunity

to meet new customers,

telling everyone

about what Byline Bank

has to offer.

“Today is a great collaboration

between all the

businesses who are opening

their doors to the public.

We are all excited to

tell our visitors about the

wonderful things we bring

to Wilmette,” Akel said.

“All of the business owners

here in West Wilmette

are like a family; we work

together to build a strong

shopping community.

“For Byline Bank in

particular, we are eager to

tell folks about the various

free accounts we offer

and our very competitive

interest rates which are

especially appealing to the

small business owner.”

Along with meeting new

potential customers, Akel

handed out goodie bags

filled with coupons and

deals, along with offering

popcorn and treats for the

youngest visitors.

Around the corner, the

newly re-opened Akira

Sushi now located at 143

Skokie Blvd., greeted former

customers, excited to

be back in business. They,

along with AO Sushi located

at 3217 Lake Ave.,

offered a special day-long

sushi discount. For those

in need of some pampering,

Electrolysis for You

at 118 Skokie Blvd, Gordon

In Wilmette-Aveda

Lifestyle Salon located at

3232 Lake Ave. in Edens

Plaza, Salon Fusion at 108

Skokie Blvd and Paradise

Point Spa at 3207 Lake

Ave. offered samples and

spa discounts. Fuenfer

Jewelers at 124 Skokie

Blvd was also part of

the action. Road Runner

Sports at 3232 W. Lake

Ave. and Wilmette Fit

Body, Boot Camp at 3217

Lake Ave. talked to guest

about working out and

workout apparel.


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Missing Glenview man

found after being treated

at local hospital

Missing 20-year-old

Glenview man found after

being treated at local hospital


A 20-year-old Glenview

man who went missing

Monday, July 1, was reunited

with his family six

days later after a doctor at

a Park Ridge hospital recognized

him and notified

authorities, according to

Glenview police.

Nicholas Zwolinski was

located at 4:20 p.m. Sunday,

July 7, at Advocate

Lutheran General Hospital

in Park Ridge, according

to a press release from the

Glenview Police Department.

He was taken to the hospital

on Wednesday, July

3, after being found near

a home in Morton Grove,

the release states.

Reporting by Jason Addy,

Contributing Editor. Full

Story GlenviewLantern.com.


Mosquitoes test positive

for West Nile virus in

Highland Park

A batch of mosquitoes

sampled on June 13 in

Highland Park has tested

positive for West Nile virus.

The batch, also known

as a mosquito pool, is the

first confirmed indicator

of West Nile presence in

Lake County in 2019.

“In 2018, there were

eight human cases of West

Nile virus, including one

death confirmed in Lake

County,” said Mark Pfister,

executive director for

the Lake County Health

Department and Community

Health Center. “Residents

need to take action,

practicing the 4 Ds of Defense

to protect themselves

from mosquito bites.”

“Culex pipiens mosquitoes,

which are the primary

carriers of West Nile

virus, are most abundant

in mid- to late summer,

when the weather is hot,”

said Michael Adam, senior

biologist for the Health

Department. “Residents

can help prevent these

mosquitoes from breeding

by eliminating areas of

stagnant water from their

properties — items like

buckets, gutters and plant

containers, kiddie pools,

and any other items holding

water around homes

and businesses — can become

breeding sites.”

Submitted by the Lake

County Health Department.

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Winnetka acupuncturist

celebrates 10 years in


Winnetka business owner

and Glenview resident

Adi Barad is celebrating

his 10th anniversary educating

people about maintaining

their health.

“Educating people for

their health is my passion,”

said Barad, who is an acupuncturist

in addition to

serving as an instructor in

maintaining one’s health

through basic nutrition.

He frequently can be

seen talking about the

subject with visitors at the

Winnetka Farmers Market.

“The majority of one’s

health will come from

what they eat and how they

eat,” Barad added. “Disease

comes from stress.”

“I tell people if they

only buy processed food,

they become a processed

plant. Do not always buy

something in a bag with a

label on it.

Reporting by Hilary Anderson,

Freelance Reporter. Full

story at WinnetkaCurrent.


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Swanson to head student services for Wilmette D39

Submitted by Wilmette

Public School District 39

The District 39 Board

of Education has approved

Dr. Kristin Swanson as the

administrator for student

services for 2019-2020.

Swanson is a veteran administrator,

coming directly



Park (North

S h o r e


where she is Swanson

currently the

assistant superintendent

for student services, a position

she has held for the

past five years.

“Dr. Swanson’s knowledge

and experience make

her an excellent choice for

D39,” said Superintendent

Dr. Ray Lechner at

the June 17 board of education

meeting. “She has

strong leadership skills

and demonstrated success

in building positive and

productive relationships

with parents and staff.”

Before coming to D112,

Swanson served as the director

of special education

in Glenview D34, and before

that she was Autism

Coordinator for NSSED.

She began her career as

a school Psychologist in


Swanson holds a bachelor’s

degree in psychology

from the University

of Michigan. From Indiana

University, she holds

a master’s, and Ed.S, and

a Ph.D., all in school psychology.

In addition, she

has M.Ed. in Educational

Leadership from the American

College of Education.

School News

Colby College

Wilmette resident makes

‘highly selective’ dean’s list

Sydney R. Koeplin, of

Wilmette, was named to

the highly selective dean’s

list for outstanding academic

achievement during

the spring semester. Koeplin,

a member of the Class

of 2021, attended New Trier

High School and is the

daughter of Kurt Koeplin

Loyola Marymount

Resident makes dean’s list

Morgan Hoover, of Wil-

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and Laura Johnson. mette, has been named to

the dean’s list for the spring

Muhlenberg College semester of the 2018-2019

school year.

Student makes dean’s list

The 2016 New Trier

Max Wengroff, of Wilmette,

was named to the

graduate is a screenwriting

major in the School of Film

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Submitted by New Trier

High School

Sixty-seven New Trier

seniors are recent recipients

of the Seal of Biliteracy,

an award granted

by the Illinois State Board

of Education and given by

New Trier High School’s

Modern and Classical Languages

Department in recognition

and celebration of

students who demonstrate

a high level of proficiency

in English and one or more

other languages.

Students demonstrate

their language proficiency

by earning an English

score of 21 or higher on

the ACT or a score of 4.8

on the ACCESS exam.

Students can show proficiency

in another language

earning a 4 or a 5 on the

AP (Advanced Placement)

language exam or by taking

a state approved test,

such as the AAPPL (Assessment

of Performance

toward Proficiency in Languages)

exam, and earning

an Intermediate High or

Advanced score.

Learning another language

prepares students

to be citizens of the global

community by developing

an awareness and appreciation

of other cultures.

The process of learning to

comprehend and communicate

in another language

develops insight into the

nature of language, as well

as connections to other

disciplines. The Seal of

Biliteracy builds upon the

rich linguistic and cultural

assets of the district and

community, providing students

with the necessary

skills to be successful in

college, career and life.

The Modern and Classical

Languages Department

is honored to recognize the

following qualified New

Trier seniors who demonstrated

proficiency in more

than one language:

Chinese: Alice Guo,

Morgan Hardin, Qiao

Huang, Allison Liu, Yujia

Tian, Bill Yen

French: Ridah Salim

Chhotoo, Stella Cook,

Charles Coppieters ‘t Wallant,

Sarah Ann Duck,

Kathryn Kurt, Adrien

Lana, Claudia Levens,

Madeline Malueg

German: Abigail Baran,

Liesel Dolce, Trevin

Hernandez, Kathryn Kurt,

Miriam Rovin, Katherine

Simons, Florian Vining

Italian: Frederick Keady

Latin: Kylie Boyd, Isabel

Cox, Alexa Kaplan,

John Keenan, Zachary


Russian: Yaroslava


Spanish: Benjamin Barrett,

Bennett Basil, Lilia

Bhote, Andrea Blood,

Emilia Consalvi, Valentina

de la Torre, Gabriel

DeGrandis, Ryan DeMar,

Allison Elli, Alexandra

Gjaja, Valentin Goetze,

Alanna Goldstein, Claire

Gottreich, Brianna Hickey,

Alexandra Hochschild,

Samuel Huertas-Erikson,

Richard Jo, Stephanie Kacius,

Hyun Kim, Dylan

Kochman, Andrew Kuhn,

Kathryn Kurt, Katherine

Lasonde, Brandon Lee,

Madeline Malueg, Emma

McDermott, Bailey Meyers,

Nicole Montenegro,

Oscar Mozolewski, Laura

Murphy, Asher Noel,

Rumer Ochoa, Taylor Oshana,

Anastasia Panomitros,

Hannah Richards,

Ella Schotz, Grace Thomas,

Anahi Toolabian, Eleanor

Wefing, Millie Winter,

Natalie Wolkoff, Katherine


Of special note are two

students who qualify for

the Seal of Biliteracy in

multiple languages, Madeline

Malueg (French and

Spanish) and Kathryn Kurt

(French, Spanish and German).

Students who earned

the Seal of Biliteracy will

have their achievement acknowledged

on both their

diploma and transcripts.

Seniors who qualify for

the Seal of Biliteracy

based on their AP exam in

May 2019 will be awarded

this honor in the fall.

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New Trier students collaborate for DJ business

Alan P. Henry

Freelance Reporter

Blessed with a mix of

tech savvy, creative instincts,

musical flair and

entrepreneurial drive, two

rising New Trier freshmen

seem already on their

way to becoming business


Brandon Belian and

Ryan Kleczynski, who

graduated from Sunset

Ridge School, formed

a company last summer

called R and B City DJ/

Entertainment Co., and

have already brought

down the house at more

than 30 events.

“Business has been

booming,” said Belian,

known on the local party

circuit as DJ B-Dizel.

“We have done everything

from kid birthday parties,

adult parties, block parties,

school and other organization

fundraisers, and even a


While they are partying,

the pair is also finding out

what it takes to get bigger

and better.

“We are learning a lot

about how to invest in a

business by buying our

own equipment, getting

lessons from a professional

DJ and most importantly

marketing our services,”

said Kleczynski, aka DJ


Belian and Kleczynski

have been friends since

second grade, and both

showed an affinity for

performance early on.

Belian played guitar at 9,

switched at 13 to bass guitar,

and taught himself to

play the keyboard. Growing

up, Kleczynski built

little stages with guitars

and microphones.

Both play cello in the

school orchestra. Since

sixth grade, both have

been on the school stage

crew, working on the lights

and sound. And the pair are

computer savvy as well.

“We help kids at school

if they have trouble with

their devices, usually their

chromebooks,” Belian

said. “Even teachers, if

they are having problems

with their smart boards,

they come to us first before

they go to a professional.”

The DJ bug bit Belian

and Kleczynski last summer,

when they took an

iPad and two speakers and

set up at a school field day


“We thought we would

just try it out,” Kleczynski


From that, they got a job

to DJ a 4th of July party

for 150 people.

Quickly, they realized

this was a legitimate business

opportunity and upgraded

with two more

speakers and a DJ board

that controls and manipulates

multiple audio signals.

“It was more high tech

and we realized we could do

more mixing with the board

and some of the songs are

cleaner,” Belian said.

They are now doing two

to three events a month,

ranging from $80 an hour

to $500, depending on the

events location and size of

the crowd.

“Brandon likes to be

on the mic more and talk,

and I like to be behind the

scenes mixing things together,”

said Kleczynski

of the division of labor.

They have donated their

services for several charitable

events, including

the Nora Project at Sunset

Ridge School.

To be sure, Belian and

Kleczynski’s parents and

family members have been

a big help in getting the

business up and going, but

the students are also putting

in the work.

New Trier freshmen

Brandon Belian and Ryan

Kleczynski run R and B

City DJ/Entertainment Co.

Photo submitted

On a regular basis, they

are being mentored by

Brandon from Famous DJ.

“He helps us learn how

to mix songs together, decide

what songs to play for

what crowd, how to read

a crowd and get them active

on the dance floor, and

how to play games with

the crowd,” Belian said.

They are also learning

marketing strategies, ranging

from search engine

optimization processes

to the use of flyers, slap

bracelets, business cards

and mini beach balls with

their name and Instagram

printed on them.

With an eye toward the

future, Belian and Kleczynski

are looking forward

to attending New Trier in

the fall.

“There are going to be

more people who share the

same interests with us and

who like to do the same

things,” Kleczynski said.

And, of course, they

hope to continue growing

the business.

“We want to have a

neighborhood company

everybody knows,” Kleczynski


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New Trier students (left to right) Tinah Hong, Julia Nagel and James McColl show off

their awards. Photo submitted

New Trier Chinese language students

excel in end-of-year competitions

Submitted by New Trier

Multiple New Trier Chinese

language students

successfully participated

in various competitions

and contests this spring.

Midwest Chinese Speech


Fifteen New Trier students

participated in the

11th Midwest Chinese

Speech Contest, hosted by

Midwest Chinese Teachers

Alliance (MCTA) in

April. MCTA currently

has over 200 Chinese

teachers in the greater

Chicago area, and its interest

is in promoting the

study of Mandarin Chinese

as a world language

or heritage language for

all levels.

The theme of this year’s

speech was “Chinese and

Me.” Students were encouraged

to reflect on the

value of learning Chinese

and the impact it has had

on their lives.

This year, the MCTA

Speech Contest was hosted

online. Next year, the

contest will be an on-site

event and New Trier will

be hosting the event for the

first time on the Northfield


• Division IIIA (Year 1

Chinese students)

Silver: Benjamin Potterfield,

Sophie Zajdela

Bronze: Claire Genty

• Division IIIB (Year 2

Chinese students)

Gold: Andrew Gill, Abbey


Bronze: Jade Rashid

• Division IIIC (Year 3

Chinese students)

Gold: Maximilian Russo

Silver: Jenny Mathers,

Julia Nelson

• Division IIID (Year 4

Chinese students)

Silver: James McColl,

Julia Nagel, Lucas Lousberg

• Division IIIH (Heritage

Chinese students)

Silver: Si Roger Li,

Bronze: Tinah Hong,

Mia Sedgwick

Sophomore Jonathan

Hanold awarded NSLI-Y


Jonathan Hanold, a

sophomore enrolled in

Chinese 2, has been selected

to receive a 2019-

20 National Security Language

Initiative for Youth

(NSLI-Y) scholarship to

study Mandarin Chinese

in Kaohsiung, Taiwan for

six weeks this summer.

The NSLI-Y is a program

of the U.S. government

through the Department

of State’s Bureau of Educational

and Cultural Affairs.

NSLI-Y provides

merit-based scholarships

for eligible high school

students and recent high

school graduates to learn

less commonly taught languages

in academic-year

and summer immersion


NT Junior Ray Li published

by University of Iowa

Junior Ray Li’s article,

“My Entangled Fate with

Chinese,” has been accepted

for 2019 JUHE Supplement.

This year, the University

of Iowa received 113

submissions from 29 different

programs, and they selected

34 essays to publish.

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A Word From The (Former) President

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History in the making: Village presidents and unity Mass

John Jacoby

Contributing Columnist


historic gathering

of sorts took place

on the evening of

June 18 at the Glen View

Club. Hosted by former

Village President Vernon

Squires, the event brought

together Wilmette’s current

Village President, Bob

Bielinski, and his four predecessors,

along with their

spouses. When President

Bielinski completes his

second term in less than

two years, this group will

have occupied the position

of Village President for

40 years — since 1981.

Adding their combined 25

years of service as Village

Trustees, their total service

on the Village Board is 65

years, to say nothing of additional

years of service on

boards and commissions.

For example, Chris Canning

served on the Zoning

Board for five years, including

one year as Chair;

and Nancy Canafax served

on the Housing Commission

for six years and was

Chair of the Youth Commission

for four years.

The group had plenty to

reminisce about, beginning

with former President

Squires’ memories of the

closing of Howard School

and the major controversies

that followed over the

disposition and reuse of

the building and grounds.

It would take more than

one evening to cover all

the “hot issues” that arose

during these Presidents’

tenure, including affordable

housing, gun control,

cable TV, cell towers,

Edens Plaza and Mallinckrodt


Village Center planning,

and minimum wages. The

evening closed with agreement

that “we should do

this again.”

This event was something

I’ll never forget. I

have tremendous respect

and affection for my

four counterparts. In my

opinion, they all led the

Village well, driven strictly

by a desire to advance the

interests of the entire community

to the best of their


A truly historic event occurred

at Vattmann Park on

Sunday morning, June 30,

when Wilmette’s formerly

separate Catholic parishes

held a “Unity Mass” and

emerged as a single parish

called “Saints Joseph and

Francis Xavier Parish.”

with Father Wayne Watts

as Pastor. Attendance was

estimated at upwards of

1,200 people. Merging

two Catholic parishes

with significantly different

histories is a challenge, but

Father Watts and parish

leaders seem to be pulling

it off well by encouraging

parishioners to participate

in the process.

In his Unity Mass homily,

Father Watts struck

a chord that, I believe,

will resonate with Wilmette’s

Catholics: Unite,

grow stronger, and “work

together to bring the Good

News to everyone willing

to hear.” He emphasized

service to the poor as “the

best way to witness our

faith,” and committed

the entire proceeds of the

Unity Mass’s collection

baskets to organizations

Wilmette’s five most recent Village Presidents (left

to right) Chris Canning (2005-2013), Vernon Squires

(1981-1989), Nancy Canafax (1997-2005), Bob Bielinski

(2013-present), and John Jacoby (1989-1997). Photo by

Robin Subar Photography

serving this population.

Father Watts referred to

the site of the Unity Mass,

Vattmann Park (situated at

the boundary that previously

divided the two

parishes), as a symbol of

unity, and not just because

of its location: The

Wilmette Park District,

established in 1908, had

devoted its initial resources

to creating parkland on

the lakeshore. Folks living

west of the Chicago &

North Western railroad

tracks, already feeling like

second class citizens, saw

WPD’s focus on the lakeshore

as another example

of disrespect. The creation

of “West Side Park” in

1911 was intended to

change this perception

and lessen the discord.

The Park was renamed

in 1919 to memorialize

Father Edward Vattmann,

a former Army Chaplain

who, following his retirement,

assisted the Pastor at

St. Joseph but also was a

unifying community figure

as founding board member

of WPD and New Trier

High School.

Before coming to St. Joseph

Church as Pastor earlier

this year, Father Watts

was Associate Priest at St.

Francis Xavier, Wilmette

(1990-1996); member of

Wilmette’s Youth Commission;

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Lane, Wilmette

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An intriguing number from this week’s edition

year Wilmette’s

Independence celebration

was held at Gillson, Page 3

From the Editor

Kenilworth TIF debate remains hot topic

Eric DeGrechie


Certain issues in a

municipality get

more attention than

others and the current tax

increment financing, or

TIF, debate in Kenilworth

has been a hot one as of


News BriefS

Run will honor Wilmette

resident with ALS

Ron Lobo, of Wilmette,

has good days and bad

days. On his good days,

life is relatively calm. On

his bad days, stress and

sadness set in.

On Feb. 4, Lobo was

diagnosed with ALS, a terminal

progressive disease

that causes muscle weakness,

difficulty speaking

and swallowing and, generally,

complete paralysis.

While some symptoms

are treatable, there is no

known prevention or cure

for ALS.

The trouble began when

Lobo was struggling to

walk. A physician quickly

referred to a neurologist at

the Les Turner ALS Center

at Northwestern Medicine.

“The daily routine of

caring for my dad involves

physical adjustments,

breathing treatments, administering


preparing meals and using

the feeding tube, and

more,” said Ron’s son,

For several months now,

I’ve received many emails

and letters to the editor

regarding the topic. Web

traffic on our website has

been steady for TIF-related


A TIF is a financial tool

boy which municipalities

can leverage incremental

tax revenue within a

district throughout the life

of a TIF. Incremental property

tax revenue increases

within the district are then

diverted to a separate TIF

fund, which is used to fund

various improvements

within the district.

As reported by Fouad

Egbaria last month, who

Eric Lobo.

Just weeks after his diagnosis,

the progressive

weakening of his diaphragm

muscles due to his

ALS made breathing difficult,

and Lobo was admitted

to the hospital – where

he stayed for nearly three


He was put on a respirator

to help him breathe and

had a feeding tube inserted

to help supplement his nutrition,

as he’d lost a fair

amount of weight.

The experience has

shown the Lobos that they

have an incredibly loyal

and kind support system,

and that Ron means so

much to so many people.

In the five short months

since Ron’s diagnosis, the

family has received food,

well wishes, cards, letters,

phone calls, visits and

countless hours of help

from loved ones.

Today, Ron Lobo is still

able to speak, but has lost

the use of his arms and

legs, needs a breathing

regularly covers Kenilworth

Village Board

meetings for us, there

were so many people at

the June 17 proceedings

that the village had to

move the meeting across

the street from Village

Hall to the larger Assembly


The response from residents

both at meetings and

in communications with

us has been pretty one-sided

against bringing a TIF

district to the commercial

corridor. With the Village

Board set to vote on the

proposal, we’re expecting

another full house at the

Monday, July 15 meeting.

mask nearly 24 hours a

day and relies on a wheelchair

for mobility.

The family has turned to

the Les Turner ALS Foundation

at every step of

their journey.

A nurse and social worker

visit the Lobo home and

the family has utilized

the Foundation’s medical

equipment bank.

As a way to support the

Les Turner ALS Foundation,

the Lobo family have

recruited nearly 40 people

to run or walk in Ron’s

honor at the Strike Out

ALS 5K and 1 Mile Run,

Walk & Roll at Guaranteed

Rate Field on Saturday,

July 13.

Friends and relatives eagerly

joined their team and

donated to the cause.

Within the first eight

days of fundraising for the

event, they collected more

than $5,000 for the Les

Turner ALS Foundation.

Today, the team has collectively

raised more than


Letters to the


Passing TIF is ‘act of

political arrogance’

The only mandate confronting

the 7 incumbent

Kenilworth Board members,

as they contemplate

TIF, is the recent resounding

NO vote on the Home

Rule referendum. The

Kenilworth electorate unambiguously

asserted their

desire not to cede control

over major Village expenditures.

Now the Board

tries to push through a TIF

district, granting themselves

the very powers previously

rejected by voters,

creating a tax increase as

well, and defying the veto

by Sears School and New

Trier Boards. To pass the

TIF ordinance in the face

of the current firestorm

of resistance would be an

act of extreme political

arrogance. Any Trustee

contemplating a YES vote

should stand down.

David Joyce

Kenilworth resident

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New parish Wilmette

churches combine, Page 28

For the love of French Cuisine

Aboyer opens doors in Winnetka, Page 30

Wilmette’s Actors Training Center

starts up new clinic, Page 25

Students from Wilmette’s Actors Training Center learn the ins

and outs of studying theater in college. Photo submitted

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Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur

1. PA system component

4. Not hearing

8. Coach of the 17-0

1972 Miami Dolphins

13. Nothing

14. See red

16. Jackrabbits

17. Red _____ (sushi


18. Foes

20. Scottish island

22. Easter follows it

23. A reduction in


27. New Trier alumna

who has become

US Ambassador to

Sri Lanka and the

Maldives, Alaina

32. Defining figure in

Ethiopian history

34. ___ Joe Black

35. Pay to play

36. White-tailed


40. US medical

research branch

42. Preminger and


43. Advance

44. Rachel’s biblical


46. She played in

Loyola’s record

breaking girls volleyball


52. Of a tune

53. Google CEO, Eric

56. Narc’s org.

57. Mark with a

branding iron

58. Tail of a dressed


66. Part of many

Quebec place names,


67. Taiwan resident,

for one

68. Hemmed and ____

69. Ample shoe width

70. Public disturbance

71. Urges

72. Mormons, initially

1. Clownish act

2. Cat sound

3. Square base

4. Business abbreviation

5. One engaged in, suffix

6. Gremlin manufacturer

7. Kind of thermometer:


8. Everest guides

9. Prosciutto

10. He was famous for

spoon bending

11. Poe’s ‘’Annabel


12. Blockhead

15. Al ___ (not too soft)

19. Christmas song

21. Dr. J’s first league

24. Strives

25. Largest Buckeye St.


26. Astute

28. Aspiring atty.’s


29. Stevie Wonder “___

She Lovely”

30. Cosmonaut, Dennis

31. Catch some ___

33. Pole for a clown

36. Kind of sch.

37. ___ model

38. It gets hit on the


39. Auto designer Ferrari

41. Derisive laughs

42. Cry of eagerness

45. Patriots’ grp.

47. Annexes

48. “Très ___!”

49. Money in electronic


50. Classified abbr.

51. Truck fuel

54. No longer in

55. Forest makeup

58. Stroke standard

59. ‘’Just ___


60. Brazilian city

61. Idled

62. “Uh-uh”

63. Be indebted

64. One of 100 in D.C.

65. “WSJ” employees

Let’s see what’s on

Schedule for Wilmette Community Television – Channel 6

Thursday, July 11

5 p.m. Illinois Channel


7 p.m. Village Board


8:30 p.m. WPD Ice Show


Friday, July 12-Sunday,

July 14

6 p.m. NSSC Men’s Club


7 p.m. Park Board


8:30 p.m. Village Board


Monday, July 15

6 p.m. Illinois Channel


8 p.m. WPD Ice Show


Tuesday, July 16

6 p.m. BSK - Summer

Fun Pt. 1

6:30 p.m. BSK - Summer

Fun Pt. 1

7:30 p.m. NSSC Men’s

Club Program

8:30 p.m. Illinois

Channel Programming

Wednesday, July 17

2 p.m. Library Board

Meting (taped 7/16)

4 p.m. WPD Ice Show


6:30 p.m. NSSC Men’s

Club Program

7:30 p.m. Zoning Board

of Appeals (Live)

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Posted to WilmetteBeaconDaily.com 7 days ago

Wilmette’s ATC assists college-bound actors with program

Nora Crumley

Editorial Intern

The Actors Training

Center, in Wilmette, is

piloting a new program

at the end of this summer

aimed at helping young

actors apply to college theater

departments and conservatories.

The program, called the

College Audition Clinic,

will offer a holistic approach

to the college audition

process and provide

professional assistance in

managing this process.

Carole Dibo, the founder

of the Actors Training

Center, said the idea for

the clinic started a decade


“Ten years ago, Rachel

Brosnahan, who is now

the lead in the ‘Marvelous

Mrs. Maisel,’ came to

me looking for help to get

into college and to help

her choose the right monologue

for her audition,”

Dibo said.

According to Dibo,

since then many of the

center’s top instructors are

approached by students to

help coach them in their

monologues and interview

skills in order to prepare

for college auditions.

“I saw the stress that this

was causing on the kids,”

Dibo said. “The students

wanted it so badly but the

parents didn’t quite know

what they needed. The

process is so complicated

so we came up with this

clinic to take the pressure

off the family and give the

students a community of

professional teachers.”

Students who want to

continue learning theater

in college go through a

complicated and arduous

process that far exceeds

the normal stress of college

applications. With

each program or conservator

demanding different

requirements managing

the process itself becomes


According to Dibo, students

going through this

process need professional

headshots, a perfected and

fresh audition piece and

often need to submit prescreening

tape; all this on

top of standardized testing,

common app essays,

and other extracurricular


The College Audition

Clinic will guide the students

through this difficult

process and will provide

professional headshots,

select contemporary

and unique monologues

that highlight the actors’

strength, coach students

for auditions and will hold

open offices hours for private


Additionally, the clinic

will be a support group for

both parents and students.

“There are so many

creepy websites out there

where parents are giving

misinformation to other

parents. You can count on

in this group you’re going

to hear proper and correct

information about the

process so the parents will

have support,” Dibo said.

“And the kids will have the

Carole Dibo, founder of the Actors Training Center,

said the idea for a clinic started a decade ago. Nora

Crumley/22nd Century Media

other actors in their class

plus our whole staff of professionals

to lean on.”

Diane Rosin, a parent of

a student enrolled in the

program, summed up why

the program is important

for the young actors,

“The high schools do

not really offer any sort of

guidelines to prepare students

for auditioning for

the arts so the clinic will

help to alleviate the stress

and allow them to put their

best foot forward.”

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Faith Briefs

First Congregational Church of Wilmette

(1125 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette)

Weekly Youth Activities

Open to the Community

Every Wednesday, the

church’s children and

youth ministry offers opportunities

for fun, friendship,

spirituality, and service.

Kids Club (K–grade

6) meets at 4:30 p.m. In

the evening, the Confirmation

Class (grades 7 &

8) meets at 6 p.m.

And the Senior High

Youth Group gathers at

7:15 p.m. The two evening

youth groups have

a tasty dinner together at

6:45 p.m. — sometimes

chicken, sometimes pasta.

Learn about the church

community at www.fccw.

org or contact for more

information: (847) 251-

6660 or 1stchurch@fccw.


Winnetka Covenant Church (1200 Hibbard

Road, Wilmette)

Beach Services at Gillson


In addition to the 10

a.m. services, on four

Sundays we will have

services at 8 a.m. at the

beach at Gillson Park.

The services will be

held at the far south end

of the beach.

People should bring a

blanket or chairs to sit on.

The dates of those services

are: July 21, Aug. 4,

Aug. 18

Music on the Steps

On July 17, the church

will host a Music on the

Steps program, featuring

the Prairie Brass Band,

conducted by Willmette’s

Mary Gingrich.

People are invited to

bring a picnic and eat on

the lawn, starting at 6 p.m.

Music begins at 7.

The program will include

upbeat marches and

popular music, as well as

a hymn sing.

Featured soloists will

include flugel horn hornist

Tom Henehan.

First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette

(600 9th St., Wilmette)

Summer Book Study

Discussion on MLK Jr.

and racism in Chicago and

Memphis runs 9-9:50 a.m.

through July 28 in the

church lounge.

The reading and discussion

from Martin Luther

King Jr.’s letter from a

Birmingham jail, “I’ve

Been to the Mountain

Top,” and the book, “The

Color of Compromise” by

Jemar Tisby. People are

invited to join the series

at any time. Call (847)

256-3010 for more information.

Trinity United Methodist Church (1024

Lake Ave., Wilmette)

Food Pantry

If you are in need of

help, and are short on

food, do not hesitate to

come to the Wilmette

Food Pantry. The church

is here to serve the community.

No matter who

you are or where you are

on life’s journey, you are

welcome at the Wilmette

Food Pantry.

The food pantry is open

from 10:30-11:30 a.m. every

Tuesday and provides

grocery items and seasonal


All Wilmette residents

are welcome and no appointment

is necessary.

Kenilworth Union Church (211 Kenilworth

Ave., Kenilworth)


Come worship with the

church at 8 and 10 a.m.

every Sunday.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day

Saints (2727 Lake Ave., Wilmette)

North Shore 1st Ward

Sacrament Meeting:

10:30 a.m.

Sunday School/ Priesthood

and Relief Society:

11:40 a.m.

Please see FAITH, 28

In Memoriam

Dr. James ‘Jim’ Stephens


Dr. James “Jim” Stephens

D.D.S., 86, of

Wilmette, formerly Kenilworth,

died. Stephens

was the beloved husband

for 66 years of Helen Stephens

nee Brandjord; loving

father of James (Beth)

Stephens, John (Elissa)

Stephens, Scott (Janet)

Stephens, Todd (Conie

Gutierrez) Stephens, Bob

(Carla) Stephens; proud

grandfather of Patrick

Tiderman, Brian (Kendall)

Stephens, Lucas (Megan)

Stephens, Casandra

(Ziad) Mahmassani, Michelle

Stephens, Todd Stephens,

Alden Stephens,

Owen Stephens and the

late Cody Stephens; great

grandfather of Erik Tiderman,

Declynn Stephens

and Thayne Stephens;

dear brother of Kaye

(Jack) BeauLac, the late

Richard (Marilyn) Stephens,

Helen (Louie) Bogan

and Charles (Monica)

Stephens; dear uncle of

many. A celebration of

Jim’s life was held Saturday,

July 6, at Kenilworth

Union Church, 211 Kenilworth

Avenue, Kenilworth,

Illinois 60043,

with a reception immediately

following. Interment


Charles Howland

Former Wilmette resident

Charles Roberts

Howland, 88, died June

30, surrounded by his loving

family in his home in

Granger, Ind.

Howland was born July

28, 1930, in Chicago.

From the start he lived a

truly remarkable life. His

mother, Margaret Utley

Howland, died while giving

birth and his father,

David Roy Howland, was

left to raise him. He did

so with the help of many,

both family and non-family

alike. Howland had two

older siblings, Bud and


At a young age, he was

introduced to one of the

great loves of his life - Indian

Lake, Michigan. That

love would last his entire

life, and be shared by his

wife, children, and many

grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.

He graduated from Morgan

Park Military Academy

on Chicago’s South

Side, and then attended

Mercersburg Academy,

a college prep school in

Pennsylvania. He was a

student there when his father

died while vacationing

in Florida.

Howland graduated

from Knox College in

Galesburg, Ill., where he

played tennis, football

and was the president of

his fraternity, Phi Delta

Theta. And it was in arts

and literature class where

he met the woman who

would change his life forever.

He and Charlene were

married in 1951 and

soon took up residence in

“the shacks,” as the married

student housing was

called at Knox. Their first

child, Diane, was born

there, and even attended

Howland’s graduation.

They moved to Northbrook,

where they would

make lifelong friends

and maintain friendships

from Knox. Debbie was

born, then Roy, and then

the family moved to Wilmette.

Then came Chick

and Scott.

Years of memories were

made in the three-story

brick house on Seneca

Road and at the cottage

in Michigan. Despite the

loss of family members

and dear friends who died

too young, Howland’s life

could only be described

as happy and fulfilled.

He laughed and made

friends easily and Char

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and the children were always,

always the focus

of his days. They are the

rare couple who were just

as in love, if not moreso,

as they approached their

68th wedding anniversary.

He spent most of his

career in the sporting

goods business, working

for Riddell, among other


He is survived by his

wife, Char; children, Diane

(Sean), Debbie, Roy

(Virginia), Chick (Kathy),

and Scott (Marlene), 13

grandchildren, and 10


Donations in Howland’s

memory can be made to A

Rosie Place for Children,

which serves children

who are medically fragile

through respite care,

arosieplace.org; or to the

Clay Church food pantry.

Kathy Huelsing

Kathy Huelsing, former

Sister of Christian Charity,

died June 30. Huelsing

was the loving aunt of

Karen Tullock, Michael

(Sherry) Politte, Robert

(Susan) Politte, Christi

Closson and Pamela Urso;

our sister-in-law, cousin,

godmother and friend to

many. Huelsing began her

life of service and teaching

as a Sister of Christian

Charity in Wilmette. She

left the sisterhood and had

a long career as a Science

Teacher with the City of

St. Louis Public School

System, earning Master’s

Degrees in both organic

and analytic chemistry in

her early teaching years.

Following her retirement

from the public schools,

Huelsing also taught at

Incarnate Word Academy.

Her loving and generous

nature touched the lives of

everyone who knew her.

Donations in her memory

can be sent to the Missouri

Botanical Garden,

the St. Louis Art Museum

or Channel 9, three institutions

that she enjoyed

and supported.

William M. Reimer

Wilmette native William

M. Reimer, 76, died

June 30 in his home. He

was born in Wilmette on

June 15, 1943 to Max and

Esther (Mills) Reimer. On

June 29, 1968 he married

Roberta “Lynn” Braun in

St. Joseph Church in Wilmette.

Reimer worked for

the USPS, then became

an engineer at OMC of

Waukegan for over 22

years. After OMC, he returned

to the USPS, eventually

retiring from there.

He was a loving father and

grandfather, and a great

mentor to his children.

His family and friends

will miss him dearly. Reimer

is survived by his

three children, Christine

(John) Kraman, Catherine

(Tyler) Reid, William

(Michelle) Reimer; two

grandchildren, Nathanial

and Elizabeth; three siblings,

Maxine Reimer,

Marlene (Jim) Petersen,

John (the late Juanita)

Reimer; and many nieces

and nephews. In addition

to his parents, Reimer was

preceded in death by his

wife of 42 years, Lynn

on Oct. 9, 2010. Visitation

was Friday, July 5

at Justen’s Round Lake

Funeral Home, 222 N.

Rosedale Court, Round

Lake, IL 60073. The family

suggests memorials in

Reimer’s name to Save-

A-Pet Inc., 31664 N. Fairfield

Road, Grayslake, IL


Have someone’s life you’d

like to honor? Email

Michael Wojtychiw at


media.com with information

about a loved one who

was part of the Wilmette/

Kenilworth community.

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Wilmette Bowling Center

(1901 Schiller Ave.,(847)


■11 ■ a.m.-9 p.m. (10

p.m. on Friday, Saturday):

Glow bowling and

pizza all week long

Gillson Beach

■7:30 ■ p.m. Saturday,

July 13: Gillson Beach


Downtown Wilmette

■Friday, ■ July 19 and

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Posted to WilmetteBeaconDaily.com 6 days ago

Outdoor ceremony celebrates unification of Wilmette churches

Alexa Burnell

Freelance Reporter

A June 30 celebratory

Mass at Vattmann Park

signified the official unification

of two historic

Catholic parishes in Wilmette,

now known as

Saints Joseph & Francis

Xavier Parish.

The outdoor ceremony

began with a Mass lead by

Rev. Wayne Watts, who

recognized his important

role in leading the new


“I promised to do my

best to listen to you and

walk with you at we move

forward as a new family,

starting today,” he said.

The unification has been

a long time coming. For

more than a year, Catholics

in the Archdiocese of Chicago

have been preparing

for Renew my Church —

an ongoing initiative to revitalize

Catholic churches

by combining resources

among parishes. Locally,

the Archdiocese examined

St. Phillips in Northfield,

Sacred Heart and Saints

Faith, Hope & Charity in

Winnetka and St. Joseph’s

Rev. Wayne Watts hands out communion during the


and St. Francis in Wilmette.

Once it was decided

that St. Joseph’s and St.

Francis would join forces,

committees with members

from both parishes

were formed, hoping to

make the transition a positive

and seamless one.

Wilmette’s Macair Trapp

played an integral role in

the planning process. She

saw the silver lining within

a decision originally initiated

in response to a stark

decrease in the number of

priests nation-wide.

“This decision is the

best way for our two parishes

to share resources,

allowing parishioners to

get back to the business

of being missionaries,”

Trapp said, “This decision

is not about shutting down

churches, but making

them stronger. Yes, some

of the structures within the

church will change, but the

benefit is two communities,

coming together for a

shared purpose.”

Under the original Renew

My Church plan,

schools were not taken

into consideration, but the

course changed, revealing

that come the 2019-2020

school year, St Francis and

St. Joseph’s would unite

Church member celebrate both parishes during the Saints Joseph & Francis Xavier

Parish unification ceremony June 30 at Vattmann Park in Wilmette. Photos by Alexa

Burnell/22nd Century Media

educationally, too.

Principal Colleen Barrett

will oversee responsibilities

at both schools.

Students in grades 1-8,

will attend the St. Francis

Campus, but early childhood/preK

education will

remain at both campuses.

As for the parish, priests

from both campuses will

serve at various Masses at

both St. Joseph’s and St.

Francis. The new schedule

is as follows: 5 p.m. Saturday

Mass held at both

St. Francis and St. Joseph;

9:30 a.m, 10:15 a.m. and

11:30 a.m. Sunday at St.

Francis; 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m.

and 6 p.m. Sunday at St.


St. Joseph parishioner

Julie Lipford, of Wilmette,

sees the unification as a

positive, looking forward

to the collaboration between

both communities.

“I’m open to this idea

and am excited to see how

this process unfolds. Both

churches have wonderful

leadership and I’m glad that

we can combine resources

and unite our two communities,”

Lipford said.


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Posted to WilmetteBeaconDaily.com 4 days ago

Aboyer a ‘lively’ contribution to Winnetka culinary scene

Erin Yarnall

Contributing Editor

After 14 years in business,

chef and restaurateur

Michael Lachowicz decided

to close the door on

his Winnetka restaurant,

Restaurant Michael.

Instead of packing up

shop and moving elsewhere

when his restaurant closed,

Lachowicz transformed the

former Restaurant Michael

into three unique restaurants

— Aboyer, Silencieux

and George Trois (which

was opened in 2015).

Aboyer, according to Lachowicz,

is the most accessible

of the three restaurants.

With the restaurant’s

proximity to the kitchen,

it’s aptly named after the

French word for “to bark.”

“The reason I named

Aboyer ‘the barker’ is because

the barker in the

French brigade system in

the kitchen is the expediter,”

Lachowicz said. “The

expediter barks out orders

all night long.”

With all three of Lachowicz’s

Winnetka restaurants

housed in the same

building, Aboyer is centerstage,

and because of its

positioning, tends to be the


“[The name] implies that

it’s going to be lively,” Lachowicz

said. “It’s going

to be louder and it’s going

to be more of a raucous


He wanted it to take after

French brasseries, which he

described as “an elevated

bistro service.”

“Bistros were traditionally

known to be very traditional,

everyday places.

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It’s like ‘Cheers,’” where

everyone knows diners’

names. Lachowicz said.

“A brasserie is an elevated

version of that, with more

of an escalated-style menu

and prices.”

Last week, a group of

22nd Century Media editors

stopped by Aboyer to

meet Lachowicz and check

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Aboyer’s rabbit and sage sausage ($13) is served over charred savoy cabbage and

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out his new restaurant’s


Lachowicz and his staff

served us up some of his favorites

on the menu, along

with several other items.

They first brought us the

confit new potato brandade

($10) — a French dish

that’s an emulsion of cod

and olive oil. The dish was

served with an aerated garlic

bechamel, black sea salt

and grilled garlic croutons.

“That’s a super classic

dish,” Lachowicz said.

“It’s classic bistro brasserie

because it’s great for

communal eating and bar

dining and beer- and winefriendly.

It’s communal.

You can dip and talk, and

it sits and holds. As it cools

off, it doesn’t disappear. It’s


Another of Lachowicz’s

favorite dishes is the

rabbit and sage sausage

($13), which is served with

a charred savoy cabbage

confit, white quinoa, finger

lime and serrano ham


“The rabbit sausage is a

beautiful dish,” Lachowicz

said. “We make all of

the sausage here and we

bring in whole rabbits. We

butcher them down and use

the bones to make sauce.

The Berkshire pork ($27) features grilled loin and Thaispiced

braised pork belly with a pomme puree, morels

and broccolini.

We use the rabbit meat to

make sausages. We braise

the legs and thighs and

we take the saddle and

loins to make the sausage

meat. We season them

and they’re aged properly.

They’re crisp on the grill

and they’re lovely.”

Lachowicz said the dish

goes along with the ethos

of Aboyer — making the

customers want more.

“It’s one of those dishes

that when the last bite is

consumed, you want another

bite,” Lachowicz said.

We also sampled the restaurant’s

trout entree ($23),

served with a red miso

glaçage, an okra beignet,

pickled daikon radish and


The Suffolk lamb ($27),

with an English-inspired

name, is made of grilled

porterhouse lamb, a lamb

bacon-braised red chard,

sunchoke pureé and served

atop white beans.

The Berkshire pork

($27), which also takes its

name from an area in England,

features a grilled pork

loin and braised pork belly,

pomme pureé, and morels

alongside broccolini.

Aboyer surprised us with

the expertly plated octopus

carpaccio ($12), which is

the perfect choice if you’re

looking for an Instagramworthy

dish to consume.

The octopus is served

alongside avocado, serrano

pepper, green garlic, pickled

pearl onions, olive oil

and micro sorrel.

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Submitted by Boys & Girls

Clubs of Chicago

On a glamorous Friday

night downtown, 500 attendees

filled the ballroom

at the Hilton Chicago

June 7 to raise money

for Chicago area youth

and to celebrate the dedication

and support of seven

members of the Boys

& Girls Clubs of Chicago

Woman’s Board at the

70th annual Summer Ball.

The Summer Ball,

which is the city’s oldest

black-tie gala, raised

a recording-breaking

$2.68 million for Boys &

Girls Clubs of Chicago

and honored the seven

women — better known

Wilmette residents honored for ‘extraordinary record of service’

as the Magnificent Seven

— who have all served

on Boys & Girls Clubs

of Chicago’s Woman’s

Board for 30+ years each.

Their combined years of

service total to 267 years.

Included in this group

of honorees were Wilmette

residents Renee

Crown and Barbara Pearlman.

The Magnificent

Seven have all played

an essential role in the

growth and success of the

organization. These dedicated

women have devoted

decades of their lives

to helping Chicago area

youth find success and opportunities

that help lead

them to great futures.

“The Woman’s Board

has a service record that

is truly unmatched among

the city’s nonprofits,” said

Mimi LeClair, president

Wilmette honoree

Barbara Pearlman takes

in the festivities with a


and CEO of the Boys &

Girls Clubs of Chicago.

“Their passion to help our

youth is the driving force

behind the board’s success,

and it is inspiring to

see the lengths they will

go to in order to help our

Club members fulfill their


In addition to the recognition

of the Magnificent

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Wilmette honoree Renee Crown (right) enjoys the evening with her daughter, Susan,

at the 70th annual Summer Ball for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago June 7 at the

Hilton Chicago. Photos submitted

Seven, the event featured

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dinner, and dancing.

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athlete of the week

10 Questions

with Artie Collins

The Loyola graduate will

play college football next

season at Johns Hopkins


When did you first

start playing football?

So my first game of

tackle football was in fifth

grade, but I started playing

football, like flag, all

the way back in I would

say kindergarten. My dad

is a huge football guy, he

grew up in Florida, so he

lives and breathes football,

so he just passed that along

to me, and I loved it ever


What’s one thing

people don’t know

about you?

I’m the fourth of my

name, so I’m the fourth

Artie Collins, the fourth

generation Artie Collins.

If you could travel

anywhere in the

world, where would

it be?

I would say Africa on a

safari, because I’ve always

interested in exotic animals,

and I feel like that’d

be the coolest thing.

If you cold have one

meal for the rest of

your life, what would

it be, and where

would it be from?

I would say the Portillo’s

Italian beef.

Do you have any

superstitions before,

during, or after a


Yeah. So me, Rory

Boos, Nolan West, and

Jack Fallon, so three of

my teammates, we have a

team dinner every Friday,

and we had this whole routine

in our car about where

we sat, and what music we

played before going to every

team dinner, and it was

a huge deal, and that was

our superstition. We had to

do it right every time.

What’s the hardest

part about playing


The summer grind. Just

to practice everyday in the


If you could play

another sport, what

22nd Century Media File Photo

would it be?

I would play baseball,

because I quit baseball going

into junior year to focus

on football, but I love

playing it still.

What’s one song

that’s on your


Our song for the car ride

was “Swag Surfin.”

If you had five dollars

at Walgreens, what

would you buy?

I’d buy some Sour Patch

Kids and a Gatorade.

What was your

favorite memory at


Definitely winning the

state championship.

Interview by Sports Editor

Michael Wojtychiw

The Varsity: North Shore Podcast

Guys start talk of bracket for best current player

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 do

something different. With

the summer taking its full

effect in July, the guys

decide to make a bracket

of the best current North

Shore athletes competing

at the professional level.

The guys spend this episode

talking about talking

about who should

enter the 16-team field

and which seeding they

should receive.


From Page 36


From Page 36

event in the U.S., with more

than 1,800 athletes and

417 entries representing

151 teams from around the

country. Rowers competed

in bright sunshine and temperatures

in the high 80s.

New Trier had five boats

competing, qualifying by

winning gold medals at

their regional qualifier, the

Midwest Scholastic Rowing


Lightweight girls coach

Sandy Culver knew her

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First Quarter

The three start off the

episode talking about who

will enter as the teams

overall No. 1 seed and

who barely makes it into

the dance.

Second Quarter

The guys move on to

the second quarter of the

bracket, where they argue

who should be considered

backs. So all that, just from

knowing each other, and

playing with each other for

so long.”

Collins played on the

varsity squad the last two

years and was moved up

to the varsity for the playoffs

his sophomore season,

so he’s been a member of

three consecutive statechampionship


including this past

fall’s state title team.

After starting the season

3-3, the Ramblers rattled

off eight wins in a row to

end the season as champions,

knocking off Maine

South and Lincoln-Way

East, the two teams who

had beaten the Ramblers

in the previous two state

titles games, as well as

Brother Rice, who had

crew had a shot at a medal

when the rowers posted the

fastest time in the time trials

on the first day of racing.

Culver called the result,

achieved by four sophomore

rowers and one junior, “a remarkable


for such a young crew.”

The sole junior in the

boat, Diana Paduraru-

Iovaanescu, said, “Every

single girl in my boat had

the same priorities: to go

fast and be the absolute

best we could be. I have

never been part of a crew

that has been so serious

the second-best.

Third Quarter

They move on to the

third quarter of the bracket,

where they’ll find the hardest

matchups will show up.

Fourth Quarter

The Varsity’s hosts finish

the bracket off with

the last portion and decide

who the last No. 1 seed

should be.

beat the Ramblers in the

regular season, in the last

three playoff rounds.

Being able to defeat

those three teams consecutively

made the title win

even sweeter.

“It was just a dream

come true,” he said. “Completing

that with all my best

friends, and just having a

storybook ending like that

was just ... I couldn’t explain

it in words.”

and mature but also has

such fun-loving energy.”

She praised Coach Sandy

Culver “for believing in us

and guiding us every day.”

Boys coach Nate Kelp-

Lenane praised his varsity

and lightweight crews, noting

that the Varsity 8+ boat

missed qualifying for the

Grand Finals by a mere 0.2

seconds over 2,000 meters.

“I was happy to see them

winning the B finals ahead

of Cincinnati Juniors and

Newport, two power house

clubs that we have never

beat in the spring.”

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Going Places

Posted to WilmetteBeaconDaily.com 2 days ago

Collins overcomes odds to play at next level

Michael Wojtychiw

Sports Editor

Artie Collins never really

thought he was going

to play football in college.

After playing on the

Freshman B team, playing

at the next level is something

that didn’t look to be

in the cards.

“During that time, I

definitely didn’t think I

was playing, because ...

there’s few [players] every

year that start on varsity

that were on B team, but

I didn’t know about being

one of them,” Collins said.

“But then by junior year, I

played somewhat, and then

I started getting some looks

going into senior year that

summer, so that started

probably going into senior

year that summer, that I really

started thinking I could

play in college.”

Collins will get that opportunity

now after signing

with Johns Hopkins

University during the

spring signing period.

The Glenview resident

will head to Baltimore

after having a successful

senior season that saw him

earn a spot on the Team 22

Second Team and an All-

Chicago Catholic League

Blue honor this past fall.

One of the likely reasons

for that is that he became

one of quarterback Jack

Fallon’s favorite targets

down the final stretch of

the season.

“It was really nice, because

Jack, when he came

back, his shoulder was still

hurting a little bit, so he

was just trying to get in

a groove with things, but

then once we started clicking

a lot, they were always

looking at Rory (Boos), so

I had to step my game up,”

he said. “He was looking

at me a lot, because

they’d often do a safety

over Rory, or something

like that, so we were trying

to be multidimensional,

Loyola alumnus Artie Collins will be playing college football at Johns Hopkins

University next season. 22nd Century Media File Photo

just have me on one side,

Rory on the other, and just

give both sides ... because

the defense was giving me

more of the opportunity

and we were just making

the most of them.”

Collins, Fallon and Boos

actually have quite the history

as they are three of

over 10 players on this

past year’s Loyola varsity

squad that all played

at Our Lady of Perpetual

Help together since the

fifth grade.

In fact, even when Fallon

was out with his injury

at the beginning of

the year, Collins and Boos

were being fed the ball by

another one of their grade

school teammates, Matthew


Having that history and

that comfort with each other

is something that Collins

feels helped not only

him, but the entire squad

this season.

“So it did help a lot, especially

with me personally,

because Jack Fallon

and Matt Schiltz, who

were our two quarterbacks

this year, were both

from OLPH, so I knew

them since I was like six,

and then Rory Boos is the

other receiver going to college.

I’ve known him since

I was like three,” Collins

said. “It’s really cool just

chemistry-wise, while

playing football, but also

I could hold them accountable,

and we could correct

each other, and do all that,

without getting mad. We

knew we had each other’s

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New Trier crews shine at U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships Regatta

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Men’s Varsity 8+ wins first place in B-Final

New Trier rowers made

their mark on the national

stage at the 2019 US

Rowing Youth National

Championships June 6-9

at Nathan Benderson Park

in Sarasota-Bradenton,


The New Trier Women’s

Lightweight 4+ crew took

a third-place medal in their

A final event, while New

Trier’s Men’s Varsity 8+

finished first place in the B

final. It was the third year

in a row a New Trier women’s

lightweight boat competed

in the A final, the

fourth year it placed in the

top four crews in the nation,

and New Trier’s third

women’s lightweight crew

to medal. The men’s varsity

boat finished seventh

overall, the highest in New

Trier history in this event.

It also had the distinction

of being the top finishing

high school crew; all other

top-ten finishers were

crews from club programs.

The championship is

the premiere youth rowing

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The New Trier Women’s Lightweight Varsity 4+ wins a

bronze medal at the 2019 US Rowing Youth National

Championships June 6-9 in Sarasota, Florida. Photos


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Regina names Mancuso athletic director

Michael Wojtychiw

Sports Editor

Brian Mancuso has been

an athletic director for over

a decade. Born and raised

in Terre Haute, Ind., he

spent nearly eight years

as the athletic director and

over four years as the assistant

athletic director at

Terre Haute South Vigo

High School before spending

the last two months as

the interim assistant athletic

director at Lake Forest

High School.

Now he’ll be taking his

talents to Wilmette after

being named Regina Dominican’s

new athletic director.

Mancuso replaces

Tom Marcum, who had

been at the helm for three

years and now moves over

to Lisle High School to be

that school’s athletic director.

“I’ve been an athletic director

and always have had

a love of sport,” he said. “I

wanted to continue what I

was doing and I’ve obviously

been attracted to the

area, it’s a great area lots of

great people. Very friendly.

So, I think I love those

things and the more I learn

about the routine and the

community, the more I’m

impressed and I think it’s a

great fit.

“People I talked to up

here and friends from the

area all said really good

things about Regina.”

Mancuso’s old school

is pretty much the opposite

of Regina — a co-ed

school of over 1,800 students,

compared to Regina’s

girls-only, 544-student

population — but he

doesn’t feel it will be that

much of a change or difference.

“I think all schools

have their unique cultures

and their challenges,”

he said. “I think one of

the things that’s attractive

about Regina is the

fact you can meet and

understand the kids, and

see more kids, you know

and see kind of how they

progress. In a school of

1,800, it’s a little bit harder

to develop relationships

with kids.”

At Regina, Mancuso will

look to build on the things

Marcum laid the foundation


This past year, the school

improved some of its athletic

facilities, including

playing the first softball,

soccer and lacrosse games

on school grounds. Previously,

the Panthers had

used fields at Techny Towers

in Northbrook as their

home fields during the


“It’s a win-win,” Mancuso

said, “First of all, for our

student athletes, the fact

that they do, they play at

home in front of their town,

their community, their fans.

I think it’s going to benefit

for them.

“Also, since they’re at

home they’re not traveling

and I know our student athletes

have a lot of other interests,

and this will allow

them to focus more time on

their clubs and their studies,

maybe some things

outside of sports. I’m really

excited for the opportunity

to continue to host.”

Mancuso moved to the

area after getting engaged

to be closer to his fiance,

who lives in Highland

Park. He mentioned that

the area is one of the things

that enticed him to leave

the state he had grown up


Mancuso admits that

although moving from

one state’s athletic association

to another might

be tricky, sports are sports.

Some of the main differences

are that some sports

sanctioned by the IHSA

aren’t sanctioned as official

sports in Indiana and

that some sports’ seasons

are different in the two


However, he’s developed

a vision, one that he

feels will help the Panthers

continue to have success.

“I think number one, I

think we need to increase

our website and social media

presence and get our

name out, and then to continue

to help in the area,

and provide safe and quality

opportunities for girls

to play sports,” he said, “I

think both of those things

... I think we need to continue

to teach schools in the

classroom and then outside

the classroom, which will

allow our population to go

on and go to a collegiate atmosphere

and be students,

and be leaders; basically

allow them an opportunity

to grow.”

The Mancuso Regina

era gets underway Aug. 22

when the tennis team faces

off with Maine West and

golf team takes on Evanston.


From Page 38

a new position at Mother

Truckers games: thirdbase


“It’s awesome, I love

Miss Mac,” Hielscher.

“She’s like such a second

mother to me in a way.

I’ve just known her from

being a student, and then

from working at New Trier,

and coaching at New


“So having her back

and now we harass her as

much as she used to harass

us. No running in softball.

We make her run over and

coach us at third base. It’s

been a riot.”

It’s been special for Mc-

Namara as well.

“I have to admit I’m

very blessed,” she said.

“Everybody takes care of


“I tell them ‘people

don’t like us already because

we’re so good. So

don’t get up there and take

a walk. Hit it!

“It’s neat to see all of

them still playing together,

but they are so skilled.

To watch them play all of

their positions, really they

do well. They really do


McNamara’s statement

about the team being really

good is true. While

nobody could truly remember

the exact number

of titles the team has

won in the past 10 years,

some believed the team

has won the title eight or

nine times, with the only

loss in the title game they

could remember was being

five years ago when

the Mother Truckers fell

to Girls Night Out.

The Mother Truckers

finished the regular season

11-0 and scored no

fewer than 11 runs in each

of their six wins. Thanks

to their perfect regular

season record, they earned

the top overall seed in the

league’s playoffs, which

started July 9. That game,

unfortunately was after

this paper’s deadline.

However, if the Mother

Truckers win on July 9,

they would play for the

league title at 7 p.m. on

July 16 at Field #2 of the

Skokie Playfields.

Win or lose though, it’s

all about the game and

spending time together.

“(Playing with) Some

of the women that were

a little older than us, that

we’ve heard about as softball

players but didn’t get

the chance to play with at

New Trier has been fun,”

Hielscher said. “Every

year, I mean, we’re still

hitting home runs, and

making double plays, and

competing so it’s great.

It feels like ... You feel

young again.”








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school teams. Sports

editors Michal Dwojak,

Michael Wojtychiw, and

Nick Frazier host the only

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Love of softball keeps local team together

Michael Wojtychiw, Sports Editor

The Mother Truckers, one of

the teams in the Winnetka Park

District’s Women’s 12-inch

softball league that plays Tuesday

nights from May-July, are

a prime example of friends who

continue to play a sport they’ve

loved all of their lives.

The Mother Truckers, who

have been a team in the league

for the past 10 seasons, came

into the league as mostly New

Trier graduates, many of whom

played high school softball together

and still continued their

friendships, even as they became

adults, got married and

had kids.

But not even those life events

could stop the women of the

Mother Truckers from playing

the game they’ve loved for so


“Softball is such a fun sport

because it’s so social,” Katie

Hielscher said. “It’s just an excuse

to hang out with each other

for a couple months a year and

have fun, compete, hopefully

win. Just laugh and enjoy each

other’s company.”

Hielscher and Amy Swartchild,

who have been friends

since they were kids, have both

played since they graduated

from college, coming up from

the city to play for a team The

Crushers, who eventually became

too big and the Mother

Truckers were born. The majority

of those initial Mother

Trucker squads was made up

of New Trier graduates with a

sprinkling of other local high

school friends or others that

they knew had played softball.

Swartchild got an early introduction

to softball, attending her

mom’s games when her mom

played in a women’s league in

Highland Park. Coincidentally,

that team’s name was also the

Mother Truckers. However, unlike

her mom’s team, the current

Mother Truckers team wasn’t

sponsored by a trucking company.

“I do have a memory of being

at games, so it was fun for me

... she’s always been an athlete,

not necessarily a softball player,

but was in this league,” she said.

“It was fun to be able to name

the team after her.”

The size of the league has

fluctuated since the group

started playing, ranging from

as many as eight teams to what

was almost a devastating season

this year.

Just weeks before the season

was to start, the league was









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Kimberly Gorham, of Northfield, swings during a recent Mother

Truckers game at the Skokie Playfields. Michael Wojtychiw/22nd

Century Media

stuck at three teams but luckily a

team from Evanston, The Bundt

Cakes, jumped in last minute

and the league could go on. If

The Bundt Cakes hadn’t joined

the league, it would have been

the first time there wouldn’t be

a league in 20 years.

“That would have been

devastating to us because we

wouldn’t be able to get together

on a Tuesday night and laugh

and have fun together,” said

Kerry Stinchcomb, of Northbrook,

another one of the New

Trier grads who has been with

the squad for the entire run.

When the league had eight

teams, every team wouldn’t

play any teams multiple times

and there would be more competition

in the league.

Even though the league is

smaller now than it has been in

years past, Swartchild says it

makes for as good of an experience

as ever.

“Yes, we need more teams,

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but one of the good things is

that you know the players on

the other teams now,” she said.

“You can be friendly with them.

It’s competitive but we know

them, talk to them, we can laugh


One thing that hasn’t changed

for the New Trier grads is the

presence of Miss Mac. Jane

“Miss Mac” McNamara, the

longtime New Trier educator,

coach, advisor and pioneer for

women’s sports at the school,

actually coached many of the

Mother Truckers either in volleyball,

softball or had them in


A couple years ago, Stinchomb

ran into Miss Mac at

a local church event, told her

about the softball team and that

they play every Tuesday at the

Skokie Playfields. McNamara

told her she’d be at their next

game and low and behold, when

the Mother Truckers played

a couple days later, there was

Miss Mac at the Playfields to

watch her former players play.

She’s been to every game since.

“She’s hilarious,” Swartchild

said. “She’s the best. Tough as


This year Miss Mac took to

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Wilmette Waves pitching dominates Highland Park

22nd Century Media FILE PHOTO




1. Loyola football

(above). The


overcame a

slow start to the

season to win

their last eight

games en route to

a state title.

2. New Trier field

hockey. The

Trevians won

their first title

since 2015 by

knocking off twotime


state champion

Lake Forest. It

was the Trevians’

third win of the

year over LF.

3. New Trier

gymnastics. The

Trevians had

their best state

finish in 27 years,

finishing second.

Gary Larsen

Freelance Reporter

One of the odd benefits

for a pitcher sitting out due

to illness is a rested pitching

arm, a benefit that Wilmette’s

Jack Liepert used

for all it was worth against

Highland Park.

Liepert tossed five innings

of perfect no-hit

baseball against the Giants

in an 11-0 win for Wilmette,

in a Connie Mack

league game on Monday,

July 1 in Wilmette.

“I had a break with a sinus

infection so I was out

for a while, and my arm

felt pretty good today,”

Liepert said. “It was mostly

fastballs and my location

was on.”

Liepert’s perfect game

came in the first game of

a doubleheader between

the Waves and Giants. He

struck out five and did not

yield a walk in the win.

Wilmette’s Avery Chatterton

had two hits and

two RBI, Alex Calarco had

three RBI, and Eddie Harvey

had a two-RBI triple

in the Game 1 win.

Wilmette also won the

second game in five innings

by a score of 14-4,

with pitcher Harvey collecting

the win and the

Waves using an eight-run

third inning to pull away

from Highland Park.

“We ran the bases pretty

well, had a couple two-out

hits, and we obviously had

really good pitching in that

Eddie Harvey delivers a pitch in a Connie Mack League game against Highland Park

July 1 in Winnetka. Gary Larsen/22nd Century Media

first game,” Wilmette head

coach Mike Napoleon


Cal Marran had three

RBI and three hits to lead

the Waves in the second

game. Chatterton, Jack

Miller, and AJ Steinback

had two RBI apiece as

Wilmette had 10 hits and

took seven walks. Charlie

Acri and Brett Johnson

also had RBI hits in the

Game 2 win.

Highland Park went into

Monday’s game with a 5-2

record in Connie Mack

play but struggled in Wilmette.

“It was obviously a

tough day today,” Highland

Park coach Jason

Newburger said. “Our bats

got a lot better in Game 2

but it wasn’t enough today.

We did not play good baseball

across the board but

sometimes there are days

like that.”

Highland Park catcher

Max Cairo saw a carryover

effect for his side after

Liepert stymied his side in

the Monday’s first game..

“Everyone’s been hitting

the ball well but we had

no hits in the first game

and our energy just wasn’t

there,” Cairo said. “(Liepert)

had a perfect game and

I really think that kind of

bummed us out going into

the second game.

“We were able to get

ourselves together and

we ended up with (six)

hits in the second game,

and that’s really more our

brand of baseball. We had

more energy in the dugout

and on the field.”

Unfortunately for Highland

Park, Harvey followed

Liepert with another

solid pitching performance

for Wilmette. Harvey had

five strikeouts in five innings

in going the distance

in the second game.

“(Liepert) is doing a

nice job. He’s going to be

a senior so we expect good

things from him and Eddie

Harvey,” Napoleon

said. “Alex Calarco will

be one of our main guys,

and Drew Robinson and

Jack Miller are also doing

a really nice job for us in

terms of being good leaders

for us.

“You’re not so concerned

about the won-lost

record in the summer. I

just want to try to get our

guys better for next year,

get their fundamentals

down, and see them work

as a team and get to know

each other.”

Monday’s two wins

gave Wilmette an 8-3 record

with six league games

remaining. The Waves lead

the Connie Mack Blue Division

and Liepert believes

this summer bodes well for

New Trier’s spring season

of 2020.

“We’re focused on

playing clean games because

if you don’t give up

walks and don’t commit

errors, it makes the game

pretty easy,” Liepert said.

“I think we’ve definitely

improved from the spring

season in the field, and our

bats have been really good

this summer.”

Highland Park (5-4) got

two hits apiece in Game 2

from Cairo and Abe Winer,

along with RBI hits

from Gabe Spitz, Joey

Glickman, and Albert


“We’ve been playing really

good baseball — good

defense, the bats have been

good, and we’ve been

throwing a lot of strikes,”

Newburger said.

“Both (catchers) Max

Cairo and Gabe Spitz

have not only been hitting

well but also handling

the pitching staff

well. They’re young guys

behind the dish and then

we’ve got some returning

seniors doing a nice job

leading them.”

Listen Up

“I’ve been an athletic director and have always had

a love of sport.”

Brian Mancuso — New Regina Dominican athletic director on his


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What to watch this week

BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Summer has started and it’s

time to get out to the beach and play some volleyball.

• Visit any of your local beaches and hit the ball

around this summer.


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Fastbreak is compiled by Sports Editor Michael

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Wilmette Waves take two from Highland Park, Page 39

New boss in town

Mancuso takes over as Regina AD,

Page 37

New Trier grads continue

bond over softball, Page


Lindsley Godbout, of

Glenview, hits the ball in

a recent game against

the Girls Night Out June

25 in Winnetka. Michael

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