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SETTLEMENT AND

SUPER SEARCH

A lawsuit is resolved

as D135 also looks for

a new superintendent,

Page 3

BUDGET TALK

The budget was a hot

topic at a recent

District 230 meeting,

Page 6

COOPER’S TOWN

Orland pioneer Leon

Cooper remembers

how Orland Park used to

be, Page 8

Schofields take

hands-on approach

in helping various

charities, Page 4

Michael and Kendall Coyne Schofield enjoy doing much

of the heavy lifting for the Schofield Family Foundation,

which debuted in January. Photo Illustration by Jeff

Vorva and Nancy Burgan/22nd Century Media

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2 | July 18, 2019 | the orland Park Prairie calendar

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THURSDAY

Improv Theatre Games

2-4:30 p.m. July 18,

The Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court. Teens

grades 7-12 can practice

improv and get a tour of a

performing arts center at

this free event. For more

information, call (708)

532-0500 or visit www.

thebridgeteencenter.org.

Rules of the Road

1 p.m. July 18, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

Ravinia Ave. Secretary

of State Jesse White will

offer a free Rules of the

Road review course.

Volunteens: 90 Second

Monarchs

1:45 p.m. July 18, Orland

Park Public Library,

14921 Ravinia Ave. Volunteers

in grades 6-12 can

earn service hours. Limit

3.

90 Second Monarchs

2 p.m. July 18, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

Ravinia Ave. Pick a book

from the 2020 Monarch list

and turn it into a 90-second

film at this three-day

program for grades 2-5.

Limit 12.

Night Owl Storytime

6:30 p.m. July 18, Orland

Park Public Library,

14921 Ravinia Ave. Hear

tales and songs at this program

for birth-47 months,

with a parent or adult caregiver.

Romance Book Discussion

7 p.m. July 18, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

Ravinia Ave. Discuss “A

Study in Scarlet Women”

by Sherry Thomas.

FRIDAY

Baby Playtime

10 a.m. July 19, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

Ravinia Ave. Babies

birth-23 months, along

with a parent or caregiver,

can interact with toys, other

babies and more.

Video Game Tournament

2 p.m. July 19, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

Ravinia Ave. Tweens and

teens in grades 4-9 can

join in this Smash Bros.

Tournament. Limit 32.

Marvelous Moon

Storytime

6:30 p.m. July 19, Orland

Park Public Library,

14921 Ravinia Ave. Join

for a storytime, for kindergarten

through fifth grade,

in honor of the 50th anniversary

of the Apollo

Moon Landing.

Outdoor Movie Night

7:30-10:30 p.m. July 19.

The Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court. Bring

a lawn chair and a friend,

and enjoy a Jimmy John’s

sandwich at this free event

for grades 7-12. For more

information, call (708)

532-0500 or visit www.

thebridgeteencenter.org.

SATURDAY

Volunteens: OPPL Con Face

Painters and Superheroes

9:30 and 10:30 a.m. July

20, Orland Park Public Library,

14921 Ravinia Ave.

Volunteers in grades 6-12

can earn service hours by

helping at OPPL Con. No

experience needed.

OPPL Con

10 a.m. July 20, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

Ravinia Ave. Favorites including

Artist Alley, superhero

training, storytime,

the costume parade, and

more return at this year’s

OPPL Con. New this year

is a royal tea party and a

scavenger hunt.

Teen Superhero Escape

Room

10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12

p.m., 1 p.m, 2 p.m., 3 p.m.

July 20, Orland Park Public

Library, 14921 Ravinia

Ave. Break into the villains’

lair, solve puzzles

and save the day. Participants

have 30 minutes to

escape. Limit 6.

Bright Starts Storytime

10 a.m. July 20, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

Ravinia Ave. Join to celebrate

Disney’s “Aladdin”

at this all-ages storytime.

Fire Open House

10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 20,

OFPD Training Center,

10728 W. 163rd Place, Orland

Park. Join for the fire

protection district’s 125th

anniversary open house.

The all-ages, rain or shine

event will include games,

activities, refreshments

and demonstrations.

MONDAY

Art’s Alive

10 and 11 a.m. July

22, Orland Park Public

Library, 14921 Ravinia

Ave. Complete simple art

projects. For children 24-

47 months, with a parent/

adult caregiver. Limit 20.

Tech Help

2 p.m. July 22, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

Ravinia Ave. Visit the

Adult Services desk for a

one-on-one lesson. Bring

device(s) and log-in info.

Reader’s Theater

3 p.m. July 22, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

Ravinia Ave. For fourththrough

fifth-graders.

Practice a story and present

it during the last class.

No memorization. Participants

must attend all

four sessions and be fluent

readers. Limit 12.

Around the Databases in

60 Minutes

7 p.m. July 22, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

Ravinia Ave. Learn about

databases to which the library

has access. No registration

required.

TUESDAY

Toddler Time

10 a.m. July 23, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

Ravinia Ave. Read, sing

and play at this program

for ages 24-47 months.

Video Game Club

2 p.m. July 23, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

Ravinia Ave. Kindergarten

through fifth-graders can

play multiplayer Super

Smash Bros Ultimate or

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

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Learn About Roofing

3:30-5:30 p.m. July 23,

The Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court. Apply

roof shingles in this

hands-on, free program,

with Stan’s Roofing and

Siding. For teens in grade

7-12. For more information,

call (708) 532-0500

or visit www.thebridgeteencenter.org.

Dear Mr. Sears

7 p.m. July 23, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

Ravinia Ave. Bob Trzeciak

revisits the glory days of

retail giant Sears.

WEDNESDAY

Building Blocks for Babies

9:30 and 10:30 a.m. July

24, Orland Park Public Library,

14921 Ravinia Ave.

Enjoy a storytime for ages

birth-23 months, with parent

or caregiver.

Edible Terrariums

1:30-3 p.m. July 24. The

Bridge Teen Center, 15555

S. 71st Court. Create a

layered ground base with

cake and pudding, and

mold flowers and plants

with fondant and modeling

tools at this free event. For

teens in grades 7-12. For

more info, call (708) 532-

0500 or visit www.thebri

dgeteencenter.org

Volunteens STEAM

1:30 p.m. July 24, Orland

Park Public Library,

14921 Ravinia Ave. Sixththrough

12th-graders can

earn service hours.

UPCOMING

Taste of Orland Park

Aug. 2-4, Village Center,

14700 Ravinia Ave.

Join for entertainment,

food and much more.


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Orland D135 Board of Education

Lawsuit settled; board hopes to hire new leader by Feb.

WILL O’BRIEN

Freelance Reporter

The search to find Orland School

District 135’s next permanent superintendent

after the curious departure

of DJ Skogsberg took an important

step forward July 8, with the School

Board picking a professional search

firm to lead the process.

District 135 is seeking a new superintendent

following the resignation

of Skogsberg, who left the post

on June 30 after being placed on paid

leave in March. Assistant Superintendent

John Bryk has assumed the

duties of superintendent in the interim

and will serve in that capacity

until June, Peckham-Dodge said.

Skogsberg was placed on leave for

unspecified reasons.

He is the subject of a lawsuit filed

in March 2018 by teacher Heather

Conrad against District 135, alleging

sexual discrimination on the part of

the superintendent. Conrad said she

was a denied a promotion to principal

and removed from her position as

assistant principal based on her sex,

and in retaliation for “rejecting the

unwanted advances” of Skogsberg.

That lawsuit has been settled, the

board announced during the meeting,

and Conrad was appointed at the

assistant principal at Century Junior

High.

The board voted unanimously to

award the contract to Ray and Associates,

a Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based

firm that won the board over with its

national reputation and promise to

offer comprehensive search services.

Ray, which will begin the process

immediately, will be paid $20,100,

with the district covering extra costs

like job-advertisement placements

and candidate expenses.

The board hopes to complete the

process and vote on the new superintendent

no later than February, Linda

Peckham-Dodge, the school board

president, told The Orland Park

Supers in the 2000S

A look at the District 135 superintendents

since the start of the century

1998-2004 - Peter Yuska

2004-2006 - Linda Anast-May

2006-2010 - Dennis Soustek

2010-2012 - Paul Howell

2013-2016 - Janet Stutz

2016-2019 - DJ Skogsberg

Prairie. The new superintendent

would assume duties July 1.

The board picked Ray and Associates

over Hazard, Young, Attea &

Associates and a search group from

the Illinois State Board of Education.

Ray’s proposal, priced similarly

to HYA’s, included conducting community

surveys in multiple languages,

full candidate background checks

and a guarantee to redo the process

if the hired superintendent leaves

within two years of being hired.

Please see D135, 8

Man shot through door in

alleged targeted attack

Lauren Coughlin

Contributing Editor

A 20-year-old Orland

Park man reportedly was

in stable condition after

being shot twice in the abdomen

Sunday, July 14.

The man or his family

are believed to have been

the “intended target,” according

to a July 15 press

release from the Orland

Park Police Department.

As of press time, Lt.

Ken Rosinski said a motive

was not known, but

the manner — the offender

rang the doorbell and did

not enter the home — suggests

it was targeted. The

incident occurred at 9:11

p.m. in the 9600 block of

From July 15

Kris Trail.

A 40-caliber semiautomatic

gun was fired

through the still-closed

glass door, Rosinski said.

He believed there was

no danger to the public.

The victim was transported

to Christ Hospital

in Oak Lawn. The offender

was described as a black

male in his mid-20s who

may have been driving a

silver, older model sedan.

Anyone with information

is asked to call (708)

349-4111 or email cri

metips@orlandpark.org.

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Schofields walk the walk at first benefit golf outing

JEFF VORVA

Contributing Editor

Michael and Kendall

Coyne Schofield spent

most of their first wedding

anniversary on July 7 finalizing

some details for

the inaugural Schofield

Family Foundation Golf

Outing.

The next morning, they

woke early to help set up

tables, prepare golf carts

and do other grunt work at

Silver Lake Country Club,

which awaited more than

90 golfers for the event.

The Sandburg graduates

started the foundation

in January and have been

busy with it while balancing

their careers. Michael

is an offensive lineman

with the Los Angeles

Chargers who was also a

starter on the Super Bowl

champion Denver Broncos

in 2016, while Kendall

is an Olympic gold

and silver medal winner

who broke gender barriers

when she competed

in an NHL skills competition.

She has also done

commentary on the NHL

Network.

There are athletes out

there who lend their name

to foundations and causes

and let other people run

the show.

That is not the way the

Schofields handle their

massive project.

“We had a vision to

start a foundation together,”

Kendall said. “The

fruition is really exciting.

We have a board with a lot

of experience of running

a foundation and giving

back and they have been

really helpful through this

process. Michael and I are

really proud to be handson.”

“I don’t want to say

most athletes do this, but

some of them will just

hand it off to someone and

have them run the events,”

Michael said. “But we

want to be the people doing

this stuff. We want to

be the ones setting up. We

put a lot on our shoulders.

We want to make it our

own.”

The money from the

foundation goes in five

different directions to

causes near and dear to

the Schofields’ hearts.

Money had been, and

will be, going to charity

groups benefiting military,

first responders, families

that are undergoing hardship,

youth sports, and

education and research.

“We didn’t want to narrow

it on one thing,” Michael

said. “We want to

help out as many people

as we can. We want to affect

as many lives as we

can.”

Hannah Kilbane, one of

the top female golfers in

the history of Sandburg,

was presented with scholarship

money earlier in

the year.

The foundation also

made donations to the 100

Club of Chicago (which

provides for families of

first responders who lost

their lives), the Navy Seal

Foundation and the Gridiron

Club. Four scholarships

were given to Chicago

area girls for hockey

development through the

Blackhawks and Kendall’s

Golden Coynes program.

Money from the golf

outing and Kendall’s

hockey camp that took

place Friday-Sunday, July

12-14, at the Arctic Ice

Arena in Orland Park,

will go to the foundation.

Michael also is running a

Orland Park’s Mary and Tim Doody react to a raffle prize that they won at the first Schofield Family Foundation

Golf Outing July 8. PHOTO SUBMITTED

Linemen Challenge at 1

p.m. Thursday, July 18, at

Sandburg.

The first year has been

a good learning curve for

the couple.

“We’ve had a few

struggles and we’re hoping

that’s just first-year

struggles,” Michael said.

“Next year, we will know

what to expect. Hopefully

everything goes smoothly

from here on out.”

“We are rookies right

now in the foundation

process,” Kendall said.

“We’re veterans in our

athletic careers. That’s

what is so special about

what we are doing. We’re

both still actively playing

so we are able to give

back to the communities

that have meant so much

to us.”

For more information,

visit schofieldfamilyfoun

dation.com.

Orland Fire Protection District fireman Matt Hoover drops golf balls out of a bucket

for a special game during the Schofield Family Foundation golf event on July 8 at

Silver Lake. JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA


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Young D’Antonio is stoked up

about his StockedUp business

LEE CRUZ, Freelance Reporter

7/18/19 -7/23/19

Walt’s Certificate

Michael D’Antonio is already successful in business

and the Orland Park student has yet to graduate high

school. PHOTO SUBMITTED

StockedUp is a company

that offers educational

courses for people

who want to learn about

the business and successful

strategies for trading

stocks and options, as

well as an algorithm for

people who already trade

stocks and just want a

quality tool to help with

the analysis of them.

That sounds impressive.

Even more impressive

is that the company was

founded two years ago by

then-15-year-old Michael

D’Antonio, a Century Junior

High School graduate

and Mount Carmel High

School senior-to-be.

While in middle school,

D’Antonio, his brothers

and his cousins were constantly

engaged in activity

with the Minecraft video

game. Through that experience,

D’Antonio developed

an interest in computer

programming, and

in seventh grade he and

a cousin generated their

own server and game.

As time progressed,

D’Antonio continually

conducted extensive research

on his own to further

educate himself and

hone his programming

skills.

While he maintained a

keen interest in programming,

D’Antonio also

found other matters to

be highly captivating. In

particular, he noticed that

many of the wealthy characters

in television shows

and movies were involved

in the stock market.

Fueled by that intrigue,

as an eighth-grader he

started researching stock

market terminology and

functions.

Everything came together

for D’Antonio as

he rounded out his freshman

year of high school.

His Facebook group was

growing significantly, he

had developed a strategy

that was successfully

earning people money,

and he had created an algorithm

that people found

to be reliable and useful.

He said that the company’s

personal touch is

what has helped make it

a reputable firm, which in

turn has helped it grow.

“If you’re on my team,

you can send me a message

at any time,” he said.

“I’ll explain what I’m

trading, why I’m trading

it and what the markets

are doing. It’s almost like

a friendship.”

It could be a rich friendship.

“When people follow

the strategies that we

have to offer, they’ll make

money,” he said. “The

strategy is not that hard

to learn, it’s not overly

complicated, but you have

to have the discipline to

follow the strategy. Staying

disciplined is the main

variable.”

He has not yet finalized

his plans for college,

but he does have a strong

interest in attending the

University of Texas at

Austin to pursue a degree

in artificial intelligence.

D’Antonio’s father, who

is also named Michael

and is an entrepreneur,

has been his main mentor

throughout his professional

venture.

The elder D’Antonio

has been self-employed in

the bar-restaurant industry

for the past two decades

and said that many of the

same principles apply for

running a business in the

stock trading industry.

“I always listen to him

in regards to what he is

thinking or what he is

looking for, and then I

might share some strategies

that I may have used

over the past 20 years,”

the elder D’Antonio said.

“Sometimes there are

ideas that he shares with

me that I haven’t even

thought about for my own

business. So, we kind of

feed off each other.”

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Consolidated High School D230 Board of

Education

Fiscal Year ’20 budget

hearing set for Sept. 26

Rochelle McAuliffe,

Freelance Reporter

During the June 27 Consolidated

High School

District 230 School Board

meeting, a motion was

passed to set the date for

the public hearing of the

D230 Fiscal Year 2020

budget at 7 p.m. on Sept.

26 at Andrew High School.

A tentative budget is to

be presented at the Aug.

19 Building and Finance

Committee meeting, and

based on the committee’s

feedback, revisions will

be made and the tentative

budget will be on display

before Aug. 23.

The tentative budget

is to be presented at the

School Board meeting

Aug. 29, and a proposed

final budget is slated to

be presented at the Sept.

16 Building and Finance

Committee meeting.

After final consideration,

the proposed final

budget will be considered

for adoption at the Sept. 26

School Board meeting.

John Lavelle, assistant

superintendent for business

services, is confident

that staff will consider another

balanced budget.

School violence prevention

program board policy

updated

The first reading and

public displays of four

updated board policies, including

a school violence

prevention program, took

place at the meeting. The

updates include language

and legal updates to the

existing policies.

By using the collective

efforts of school officials,

staff, students, families

and the community, the

program aims to ensure

an environment within the

district that is conducive to

learning and working by

identifying, assessing, responding

to, and managing

threats and acts of targeted

school violence.

The program is to establish

a district-level Student

Safety Assessment Team

that will develop a safety

assessment plan and oversee

the student safety at

a building level. When a

threat is potentially identified,

building-level Student

Safety Assessment

Team members will assess

the threat and intervene in

compliance with state and

federal law.

‘All In’ attendance

Dr. Kim Dryier, assistant

superintendent for instruction,

presented the “All In”

attendance initiative during

the June 3 Education Committee

meeting. The initiative

is designed to take a

preventative approach to

absenteeism through parents,

teachers, administrators

and the community to

encourage students to proactively

attend school.

The program features

an attendance pledge, an

incentive-based reward

system for students and

parents, and community

engagement. Additionally,

a four-part automatic

response system targeting

attendance-related issues

will be created.

As part of the initiative,

the board approved of a

process for promotion of

the business partners who

support All In.

School News

Augustana College

Orland Parkers among

students on dean’s list

Augustana College announced

more than 1,000

students were named to

the dean’s list for the 2019

spring term. Students who

have earned this academic

honor have maintained a

grade-point average of 3.5

or higher on a four-point

scale for courses taken

during the term.

Among those named to

the list were Erin Cygan,

Andrew Gilson, Mikaila

Levigne, Gena Pullia,

Mary Isabel Sales,

Mark Teschke and Noah

Wicherek, all of Orland

Park.

Elmhurst College

Three from Orland Park

named to dean’s list

The Elmhurst College

dean’s list for the spring

term of the 2019 academic

year recently was announced.

The dean’s list

comprises students who,

during the semester listed,

attained a grade-point average

of 3.75 or higher

(out of a possible 4.00).

Among those named to

the list were Nicole Lahey,

Bryan Potesta and

Victor Keane, all of Orland

Park.

Illinois State University

Students from Orland Park

earn degrees

Illinois State University

recently announced the

names of students who

completed requirements

for bachelor’s, master’s

and doctoral degrees at the

end of the spring 2019 semester.

Among those who

earned bachelor’s degrees

were the following students

from Orland Park:

Kiley W. Alexander

(Science), Allison A. Andrews

(Science in Education),

Alexander M. Batuello

(Science), Thomas

B. Carver (Science),

Meghan N. Cescato (Science),

Hailey Chan (Science),

Austin Chaudhari

(Science), Cole Chileen

(Science), Emily T. Erickson

(Science), Perry

Joseph Favia (Science),

Zachary J. Freeman

(Arts), Brett D. Gowgiel

(Science), Abigale Judith

Graf (Science), Crystal

A. Grzeslo (Arts), Kaitlyn

Grzymek (Science),

Casey L. Hennessy (Science),

Katriona Horan

(Science), Adam Michael

Howey (Science), Alex

John Howey (Science),

Samantha Ann Johnson

(Science in Education),

Patricia G. Karountzos

(Science), Zachary M.

Kocinski (Science), Benjamin

J. Kociper (Science),

Rachel L. Latus

(Science in Education),

Sheridan M. Lynch (Science

in Nursing), Michael

C. Marassa (Science),

Shawn Thomas Mchale

(Science), Danielle Terese

Moran (Science), Lauryn

N. Papan (Science in

Education), Elena Maria

Pappanastos (Science in

Education), Joseph W.

Randolph (Science), Justin

R. Richards (Science),

Taylor Marie Rott (Science

in Education), Jenna

Alyce Ryan (Science in

Education), Jillian Marie

Sans (Science), Glen

R. Schmidt (Science),

Nicholas M. Sullivan

(Science), Michelle K.

Theisen (Science in Education),

Amber M. Waller

(Science in Education),

Morgan A. Werkmeister

(Science), Connor M.

Wheeler (Science) and

Zachary Zavod (Science).

Clare-Marie N. Kost

earned a Master of Science.

Kansas State University

Student from Orland Park

earns master’s degree

Nearly 3,220 students

completed degree requirements

from Kansas State

University in spring 2019.

The graduates are from

101 Kansas counties, 48

states and 48 countries.

The university awarded

2,423 bachelor’s degrees,

627 master’s degrees, 183

doctorates — 104 of which

are Doctor of Veterinary

Medicine — and 15 associate

degrees. Several

students earned multiple

degrees.

Among them was Barrie

Chileen, of Orland

Park, who earned a Master

of Arts.

Miami University

Students from Orland Park

named to president’s list

Miami University students

who are ranked in

the top 3 percent of undergraduate

students within

each division for second

semester 2018-2019 have

been named to the president’s

list recognizing academic

excellence.

Among those named to

the list were the following

students from Orland

Park: Erin Cronin, Danny

Fisher, Clara Gannon

and Grace Trippiedi.

University of Alabama

Dean’s, president’s list

recognize Orland Park

students

A total of 11,406 students

enrolled during the

2019 spring term at the

University of Alabama

were named to the dean’s

list with an academic record

of 3.5 or above or

the president’s list with an

academic record of 4.0 (all

A’s).

The UA dean’s and

president’s lists recognize

full-time undergraduate

students. The lists do not

apply to graduate students

or to undergraduate students

who take less than a

full course load.

Those from Orland Park

named to the president’s

list were: Daniel Houlihan,

Zoe Baker, Chase

Fortin and Samuel Rost.

Those from Orland Park

on the dean’s list were:

Michael Arundel, Frank

Connelly, Grace Connelly,

Mia DeMarco, Curtis

Fortin, Alexandra Gary,

Finbarr Haran, Madelyn

Haugh, Madeline

Hirschfield, Athena Okrie,

Daniel Schmidt, Kyle

Struck, Caitlin Zeller and

Alexa Szczesniak.

University of Dayton

Three from Orland Park

named to dean’s list

The following Orland

Park residents earned a

spot on the University

of Dayton’s spring 2019

dean’s list, which honors

undergraduate students

achieving a minimum

3.5 GPA for the semester:

Sean Depke, Daniel

Meehan and Katherine

Wheeler, of Orland Park.

University of Illinois-

Springfield

Orland Parker among

those on dean’s list

The University of Illinois

Springfield has released

the dean’s list for

spring semester 2019.

A total of 531 students

were selected; 71 are students

in the College of

Business and Management;

42 are students in

the College of Education

and Human Services; 331

are enrolled in programs

in the College of Liberal

Arts and Sciences; 64 are

enrolled in programs in the

College of Public Affairs

and Administration; and

23 are non-degree seeking

or undecided.

In order to qualify for

the dean’s list, a student

must be an undergradu-

Please see school, 7


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the orland park prairie | July 18, 2019 | 7

The Orland Park Prairie’s

Standout Student

Sponsored by Marquette Bank

Mila Montgomery,

Prairie School

kindergartner

Mila Montgomery was

chosen as The Orland

Park Prairie’s Standout

Student because of her

academic accomplishments.

What is one essential you

must have when studying?

I have a pencil, a glue

stick and scissors ready.

They are always in the

drawer close to the fridge.

What do you like to do

when not in school or

studying?

I love to go to the pool.

My dad and sister Emma

come too. I go down the

green slide because I’m

still scared to go down

on the big slides. I’ll do

it some day. I eat cookies

and crackers at the pool,

too.

What is your dream job?

To be a gymnastics

teacher because I really

want to learn how to do

flips like my sister, Lauren.

I’m thinking I’ll take gymnastics

again this summer.

What are some of your

most played songs on you

iPod?

Echo will play “Burn”

by Ellie Goulding whenever

I ask her to. My mom

photo submitted

likes that song, too, so

we both sing in the living

room.

What is the one thing

people don’t know about

you?

Some people don’t know

that I am really smart. I’m

a reader and love working

on math papers.

Whom do you look up to

and why?

My nana and papa.

My nana buys me special

things like books and

socks. My papa shares

a birthday with me. I

like going to their house

in Florida and go to the

beach.

What do you keep under

your bed?

I used to keep books but

I think my mom cleaned

them up and moved them

to the basement. I have a

lot of toys but I sometimes

forget about them.

What is your favorite class

and why?

Reading because you

learn new things plus it’s

fun.

What extracurriculars do

you wish your school had?

I wish my school had an

Art Club after school. We

could use paint, clay, paper

and stuff.

If you could change one

thing about school, what

would it be?

I would have art everyday!

What is your favorite

thing to eat in the

cafeteria?

I love to eat waffles for

hot lunch!

What’s your best memory

from school?

I was happy when my

friend Emma won a book

over the announcements,

She got to go to the office

and get the book.

Standout Student is a weekly

feature for The Orland Park

Prairie. Nominations come

from Orland Park area

schools.

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From Page 6

ate who took at least eight

graded semester hours and

maintained a grade-point

average of at least 3.75 for

the semester.

Among those named to

the list was Claire M. Sokol,

of Orland Park.

University of Iowa

Students from Orland Park

earn degrees

More than 4,800 students

at the University of

Iowa recently participated

in graduation ceremonies.

The UI’s spring 2019

graduates had an average

cumulative undergraduate

grade point average

of 3.16 on a 4.0 scale. In

addition, 16 percent of the

graduating class graduated

with multiple majors.

Among those graduates

were the following people

from Orland Park: Jeremy

Gill (BSE-mechanical engineering),

Ryan Chladek

(BA-computer science),

Austin Wojtczak (BSEindustrial

engineering),

Daniel Kusper (BAchemistry),

Don McKendry

(MS-civil and environmental

engineering),

Zosia Horak (BA-health

and human physiology),

Carina Donne (BA-art,

BS-biology), Kyle Dybas

(BBA-finance), Colin

O’Connell (BBA-economics;

CER-sustainability

program), Jamie Hill

(BA-communication studies,

CER-entrepreneurial

management, CER-event

management), Trent Sichelski

(BBA-finance),

Olivia Zaczyk (BS-human

physiology), Erik

Krause (BSE-mechanical

engineering), Alesia Karuntzos

(BA-enterprise

leadership), James Foley

(BSE-mechanical

engineering), Cecilia

Ortega (BA-elementary

education), Eric Smith

(BBA-marketing) and

MollyMaeve Lusk (BAcommunication

studies).

University of Notre Dame

Orland Park’s Faith

Primozic named to dean’s

list

Faith E. Primozic, of

Orland Park, was named to

the dean’s list in the University

of Notre Dame’s

School of Architecture for

outstanding scholarship

during the spring 2019 semester.

Compiled by Editor Bill

Jones, bill@opprairie.com.

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Descendent of Orland Park pioneers

reminiscences on time in village

Erin Redmond

Freelance Reporter

At 19, Leon Cooper was

not exactly ready to buy

his first house. But now,

nearly 60 years later, he is

glad he did.

The 77-year-old Cooper

purchased his house on

Beacon Avenue in 1961

from his grandfather, but

his family’s roots in Orland

Park were planted

well before. Cooper is a

descendent of one of the

first families to settle in

Orland Park, coming to

the area in 1850 from England.

The Cooper family established

a large farm,

which encompassed the

area where present day

Palos Primary Care Center

and Centennial Park now

rest.

“I’ve lived here all my

life,” Cooper said. “I grew

up on the farm working.

There was nothing here

in Orland. There was [a]

grocery store here, and if

you went south off 143rd

Street and Route 45, there

was nothing after that. It

was all farmland. It was a

peaceful, little town. There

wasn’t much excitement or

anything, but we enjoyed

country life.”

Cooper’s father sold the

d135

From Page 3

“Those three points all

pushed it in their favor,”

Peckham-Dodge said.

Ray’s process will involve

working with the

board and other community

stakeholders to build

a 33-characteristic profile

of the ideal superintendent.

farm in 1959 — despite

Cooper trying to convince

him to keep it — and

bought property in Manhattan.

His father continued

to rent land in Orland

Park, however, keeping

Cooper busy working the

farms.

A couple years later, in

1961, Cooper and his new

bride, Betty, bought the

home in which they still

live today.

“I bought it from [my

grandfather] in 1961, because

he wanted to move

out to Manhattan, where

my dad had the new farm,”

Leon said. “He said,

‘You’re going to buy this

house. At the time — 1961

— the house was appraised

at $14,000. I was only 19

years old and wasn’t really

thinking about buying

a house. We had just gotten

married, but I’m really

grateful now that I did.”

Leon has watched Orland

Park evolve from a

sleepy, little farm town

into the bustling suburb it

is today.

Orland Park, Leon said,

remained relatively unnoticed

until 1975, when

Orland Square was built.

After that, he said “everything

just exploded,”

development-wise.

With the mall’s arrival,

Those stakeholders will

include parents, area businesses,

educators from

neighboring districts, staff

and even students.

The firm will vet a

large field of candidates,

conduct community forums

and narrow the field

through numerous rounds

of interviews.

Peckham-Dodge said

hiring a search firm is

subdivision after subdivision

was built, swallowing

up most of the farmland

Leon worked. But even

with all the development,

Leon commends the Village

of Orland Park for

staying true to its roots.

“We live in the Old Orland

area, which is like

being in the country but

with all the convenience

of being in the city, because

everything is within

a few miles,” he said. “Orland

is really good about

parks and bike trails. They

could’ve just subdivided it

like a lot of towns around

here did, but they really

took care of the area. People

like me ... were interested

in making something

good out of [the area].”

Leon said he hopes

Coopers will continue to

reside in Orland Park for

many generations to come.

He also said he hopes the

city continues to remain

authentic to its small town

roots.

“We’ll probably stay

here the rest of our lives,”

Leon said. “I hope that one

of my grandkids — I have

a grandson and a granddaughter

and two greatgranddaughters,

3 and 4,

but — I hope one of them

takes this house over, but

who knows?”

necessary because the

company will bring “an independent

eye” to the process

while making it much

more efficient.

“We really need to do

this right way, and this

is the way to do it,” she

said. “I think the community

will get heard, and I’m

looking forward to finding

a really good candidate.”


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the orland park prairie | July 18, 2019 | 9

Arts Commission sponsors photo contest

STAFF REPORT

The Village of Orland

Park Arts Commission is

sponsoring a photo contest,

Picture Orland, open

to amateur and professional

photographers to celebrate

life in Orland Park.

The subject of the photos

could be any structure,

place, nature, animal or

person and must be taken

within the boundaries of

Orland Park between July

1-31.

Submissions should be

8x10 or larger for consideration.

The cost of

this contest is $10 for up

to three submissions. All

fees collected will go directly

to the Arts Commission

to fund future art

related events. Contestants

can register and pay the

$10 fee online at www.

orlandpark.org at the Village

Hall Cashiers Office

(14700 Ravinia Ave.) or at

the Sportsplex (11351 W

159th St).

A contest release form

must be submitted with

the photographs to the

Sportsplex by the contest

deadline of July 31. Winners

will be announced

on Aug. 21 via the village

website.

Please see contest, 10

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contest

From Page 9

All photos will be displayed

for viewing at Art

& Company, 15609 S 94th

Ave. from September 21

through Sept. 28 during

business hours. Submissions

will be on display at

the Village Hall in October.

Optional dry mounting for

photos will be available at

Art & Company but is not

required for contest entry.

Three divisions of winners

will be announced:

14-under, high school age

and adult.

Prizes will be donations

received from event sponsors.

For more information,

please contact the Arts

Commission at vopartscom

mission@gmail.com.

visit us online at

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FROM THE MOKENA MESSENGER

Residents ‘hurt’ by

Confederate group in

Fourth of July event speak

out

Concerns from residents

regarding the participation

of a pro-Confederacy

group in Mokena’s Fourth

of July festivities was top

of mind July 8, during the

Village Board of Trustees

meeting.

Mokena residents and

members of the Southwest

Suburban Activists spoke

during the public comment

portion of the meeting to

register their complaints

and ask Village officials

for answers — as well as

action. This came after

the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry

group participated in the

Village’s Independence

Day festivities.

Bill Walsh detailed his

family’s deep roots in the

military and said he was

“hurt” by the inclusion

of the pro-Confederacy

group.

“I’m hurt by a number

of different things because

the history of the

Confederacy is they were

anti-black, anti-Jew and

anti-Catholic,” Walsh said.

“The neo-Confederates

will add anti-brown and

anti-Muslim to that group.

This is really a disgusting

group. I have no problems

with Confederate cemeteries

and appropriate statues

honoring the passing of a

fellow person. But we have

no business honoring basically

what I call a treasonous

group of people who

wanted to secede from the

union. I’m hurt by it.”

Later, during his comments

to the Village Board,

Fleischer addressed the

Fourth of July concerns.

Fleischer said “the Village

of Mokena has never

In

Lo vingMemory

Ruth Ann Yunker

Ruth Ann Yunker, 84, of Benton, passed into eternal life at 12:17 a.m., on Friday,

July 12, 2019, at her residence.

She was born on December 23, 1934, to Harry and Viola (Roberson) Durham

in Whittington, IL. In 1960, she married Eugene J. Yunker of Orland Park, IL.

Ruth Ann was a graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She was an

educator, teaching music and elementary education. An accomplished musician,

Ruth Ann started playing the piano and organ at age four. She had many talents but her biggest joy was being a mother to

five, grandmother to thirteen and great grandmother to eight.

She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church of Orland Park, IL., First United Methodist Church of Benton, IL.,

long time member of Mary Circle and Suzanna’s Piecemakers.

Ruth is survived by her five children, Pamela (Edward) Mack of Darien, IL, Sidney (Mark) Czynski of Mundelein, IL,

George Yunker of Mooresville, NC, William Yunker of West Frankfort, IL, and John Yunker of Benton, IL; grandchildren

and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene J. Yunker; father, Harry S. Durham; mother, Viola Florence Durham.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton, IL.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 14, 2019, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home.

Memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 14, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL, with the Rev.

Chuck Smith officiating. A memorial service will be held at the Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 South 80th Ave.,

Orland Park, IL., at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, July 20, 2019.

Memorials contributions may be made to SSM Hospice Good Samaritan, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be given at www.patefh.com

Memorial Service will be held

Saturday, July 20, 2019 at

Faith United Methodist Church

15101 South 80th Ave, Orland Park, IL

Condolences may be given online at www.patefh.com

and will never condone

action that threatens the

safety of our residents.”

“Further, as the Village’s

motto says — ‘Pleasant

living through planned

progress’ — [that] requires

all of us, elected officials

and residents alike, to

work together when there

is an issue that could interfere

with our pleasant living

or planned progress,”

he said.

Reporting by Jon DePaolis,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit MokenaMessen

ger.com.

FROM THE TINLEY JUNCTION

Say ‘Aloha’ to the return

of Tinley’s block party

Tinley Park will celebrate

its 21st annual Block

Party from noon to 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 21. This

year’s theme is tropical,

and will continue to be for

the following years.

Guests can enjoy free

entertainment along Oak

Park Avenue from 171st to

Hickory streets. Residents

can enjoy new vendors

such as 350 Brewing, The

Open Bottle and Parmesan

Station. Food and drinks

can be purchased with

cash.

There will be two stages,

one to the south and one

to the north. The concerts

will begin at noon with

The Walk-ins on the south

stage and South of Disorder

on the north stage. The

Walk-ins are a local Tinley

band made up of teachers

who play a variety of music,

and the South of Disorder

play music inspired

by Jimmy Buffett.

The band Johnny

Russler, a tropical-sounding

artist, will perform at

4 p.m. on the south stage

– while Arra, a classic rock

band, plays on the north

stage. Among the crowd

there will be soloist, duos

and DJs set up to play in

between the main stage

acts.

There will be two areas

for children of all ages

that include bumper cars,

inflatables and mini golf.

Starting at 1 p.m., people

can sign up for the bean

bag tournament that will

begin at 2 p.m.

All activities will be free

except for the Odyssey

Fun World zipline ride,

which will be $8.

People who come to the

Block Party are encouraged

to dress up.

Reporting by Karina Lopez,

Editorial Intern. For more,

visit TinleyJunction.com.

FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT

Providence alum Kotowski

the Missouri Valley

Freshman of the Year in

baseball

The only two players in

Missouri State history to

put on a bigger power display

during their freshman

seasons than Providence

Catholic alum Dakota

Kotowski both went on to

play in the Major Leagues.

That’s quite elite company

Kotowski — a 2018

Providence graduate — is

now in. He joins Jason

Hart, who hit 15 home

runs in 1996 and had a cup

of coffee with the Rangers

in 2002, and Ryan Howard,

who hammered 19 in

1999 and went on to win

National League Rookie

of the Year with the Phillies

in 2005 and National

League MVP in 2006 with

a ridiculous season of 58

home runs and 149 RBI.

“I didn’t think about any

of the stats until after the

season because I was focused

on my game play,”

Kotowski said. “When my

mom pulled me aside and

told me I got named first

team all-conference, it was

something mind-blowing

to me because I didn’t play

in the first 20 games of the

season.”

Kotowski slugged 12

home runs to tie for the

lead in the Missouri Valley

Conference with Illinois

State junior outfielder John

Rave, who was taken in

the fifth round of the Major

League Baseball Draft

on June 4 by the Kansas

City Royals.

Kotowski, an outfielder/

first baseman, certainly

caught the attention of

opposing pitchers as well

as coaching staffs — and

those sitting behind the

fence — as he was named

Freshman of the Year in

The Valley.

Reporting by Chris Walker,

Freelance Reporter. For

more visit NewLenoxPatriot.

com

FROM THE HOMER HORIZON

Eagle Scout recognized by

Village for service project

The Homer Glen Village

Board recently recognized

Homer Glen resident

and Lockport Township

High School student Alex

Worachek, who received

his Eagle Scout award on

April 25.

While many Scouts do

not achieve Eagle status,

the highest rank in the Boy

Scouts of America, until

their junior or senior year

of high school, Worachek,

15, received his just before

completing his freshman

year.

“They’re suggesting

the boys try to get them a

little earlier now so they

can continue working with

the younger Scouts in the

troop before they go off

to college and disappear,”

said Alex’s mom, Jennifer.

Reporting by Jessie Molloy,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit HomerHorizon.

com.


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Business Briefs

Smith Crossing marks

progress of new $24

million rehab wing

Elected officials along

with Smith Senior Living

trustees and senior executives

signed a final beam

to mark construction progress

of Smith Crossing’s

new wing for short-term

stay rehabilitation programs

and services expected

to open in early 2020.

Currently, Smith Crossing

has a total of 46 beds

in its skilled nursing care

area, with 30 designated

for long-term care but only

16 for short-term rehab.

Smith Crossing is home to

300 residents in independent

and assisted living,

as well as memory and

skilled nursing care.

The two-story,

45,222-square-foot building

is connected with a

passageway to the west

side of the main building

on Smith Crossing’s 32-

acre campus at 10501 Emilie

Lane in Orland Park.

This second expansion

increases the total squarefootage

of Smith Crossing’s

main building to almost

506,000 square-feet

of residences and common

areas. With the addition of

the new rehab wing, Smith

Crossing will have invested

$119 million in building

its campus to respond to

the growing demand for a

full continuum of lifestyle

and health care options for

older adults.

Danielle Moy recognized

among nation’s Top 1,000

real estate agents, teams

Danielle Moy was

ranked among the Top

1,000 real estate agents

and teams in the United

States, as announced in the

2019 REAL Trends “The

Thousand” report. Moy is

affiliated with the Coldwell

Banker Residential

Brokerage office in Orland

Park.

REAL Trends ranked

Moy No. 60 on the list

of the Top 250 real estate

agents in the United States

based on achieving 205.80

closed transaction sides in

2018.

“The Thousand” ranking

consists of all real estate

agents and teams throughout

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CMIT Solutions launching

office in Orland Park

CMIT Solutions is

launching an office in Orland

Park.

A provider of information

technology solutions,

the company is dedicated

to delivering enterpriseclass

IT support to the

small- and medium-sized

DOVER

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Orland Park

residents

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recently announced the

opening of a new office in

Orland Park.

Offering a broad spectrum

of proactive computer

maintenance,

monitoring and virtual

technology packages,

along with quick-response

services when unexpected

crises occur, CMIT Solutions

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Social snapshot

Top Web Stories

From opprairie.com as of Monday, July 15

1. Home of the Week: 15220 Alpine Drive,

Orland Park

2. Breaking News - Man shot through door in

alleged targeted attack

3. D135 Board of Ed: Discrimination suit

settled, as board hopes to find new leader

by February

4. Letz, Giblin back in Liberty Run winner

circle

5. Man of the ‘Hower: Sandburg grad takes

over at Blue Island school’s football

program

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The Orland Park Police Department posted on

Friday, July 12 a story that had the cops ducking

for cover.

The post read: “Friendly Friday: Orland Park

Police Officers Carone and Lorek caught

these wet-behind-the-ears criminals in the act!

They were charged with trying to take over the

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FROM THE Sports EDITOR

Schofields are as good as gold

Jeff Vorva

Sports Editor

I

know, I know.

Last week, we

promised editor Bill

Jones would be back in

this space, not the B-team

sports editor scrub.

But Billy boy is spending

time with his brand

new boy, Henry Owen

Jones.

Let’s let him enjoy the

moment. Someday in

the next something-teen

years, that same cute-as-abutton

bundle of joy might

let Bill know what a dope

dear ol’ dad is. I’m not

saying that will happen,

but you dear readers who

have had (or are having)

the pleasure of raising

teens know what I’m talking

about.

So while Bill is bonding

with HOJ, likely holding

the child lovingly in

his arms while watching

Bobby Lashley kicking

the stuffing out of Rey

Mysterio on the WWE’s

“Monday Night Raw,” I

get to sit at the adult table

and ramble.

Since I took over the

sports section in February

2018, I’ve been writing a

lot about Kendall Coyne

Schofield, the Sandburg

grad who won an Olympic

gold medal the first

week on my watch. I had

covered Kendall for other

newspapers and knew she

was a special player and

person.

When she married Michael

Schofield, a Sandburg

grad, NFL lineman

who won a Super Bowl

ring and a good dude, it

was the bonding of two

outstanding athletes and

people.

In January, the pair

officially formed the

Schofield Family Foundation

and in the months that

followed, they have been

donating money to various

causes including giving

some scholarship cash to

Sandburg golfer Hannah

Kilbane.

On the cover and on

page 4, we highlight some

of what the foundation has

done and will do in the

future.

To quickly review, they

are raising money for:

• Military

• First responders

• Families undergoing

hardship

• Youth sports

• Education and research

I got a kick out of the

fact that when I interviewed

the couple on July

8 before their golf tournament,

they tried to name all

five causes and forgot one.

It took a couple of minutes

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a few laughs before they

came up with it. That’s

when you know you are

helping a lot of people.

To me, what the Schofields

have done in a half

a year with the foundation

transcends sports and I

thought theydeserved the

front page cover this week.

Bill Jones, likely hugging

his new son while watching

Becky Lynch and Seth

Rollins stomping opponents’

skulls into the mat

in a mixed tag-team match,

agreed wholeheartedly.

So, while the Schofields

are living most of the year

in California, it is great to

have the celebrity couple

coming back home once

in awhile and doing some

great things.

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One day its fair

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Your land is so green

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‘Toy Story 4’ continues the tradition

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Family-made flavor El Motor Mexican

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Area patrons recall wild festival

on Max Yasgur’s farm known

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Renee and Roy Crews, of Orland Park, stand in a

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FAITH BRIEFS

Southwest Seventh Day Adventist

Church (15760 Wolf Road, Orland

Park)

“The Blueprint” Bible

Study

7 p.m. Tuesdays

“Desire of Ages” Bible

Study

10 a.m. Wednesdays

St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church

(9300 W. 167th St., Orland Hills)

HOPE Employment Support

Ministry

7 p.m. first Tuesday of

the month in the Parish

Hall. Helpful Outreach for

People seeking Employment

welcomes all faiths

and denominations and

offers support, fellowship,

guidance and information

for the employed, unemployed

or those in a career

transition. Every month,

H.O.P.E. also provide a

guest speaker to support

those in transition. For

more information, call

(708) 403-0137.

AA Meetings

7-9 p.m. every Thursday

in the Church Hall.

Faith United Methodist Church (15101

S. 80th Ave., Orland Park)

Codependents Anonymous

10 a.m. each Wednesday.

No dues or fees. All

meetings are confidential.

A group for those seeking

loving relationships with

themselves and with others.

Witness to Fitness

9-10 a.m. Mondays,

Wednesdays and Fridays.

Walking club for prayer

and exercise. Free. All are

welcome.

Church of the Transfiguration Episcopal

(12219 S. 86th Ave., Palos Park)

Day Care Summer Camp

Registration

For more information,

call (708) 361-4066.

Orland Park Christian Reformed Church

(7500 W. Sycamore Drive, Orland Park)

Family Classics Car Show

5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday,

Sept. 11. For more information

or to register a car

for free, visit www.orlandchurch.com.

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after Masses in the Narthex

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People can follow the journal

on their own at home

or sign up for the evening

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visit shop.ascensionpress.

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Hope Covenant Church (14401 West

Ave., Orland Park)

Dementia Inside & Out

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday,

Oct. 5 (once every halfhour).

Free. This hands-on

experience resembles what

a person with dementia experiences

daily — the challenges

and difficulties they

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call (708) 361-7845

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events-calendar. The event

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Alzheimer’s Support Group

7:30-8:30 p.m. second

Monday of each month.

Aishling Companion

Home Care, a support

group facilitator, hosts

monthly meetings. For

more information, visit

www.alz.org.

Calvary Church (16100 S. 104th Ave.,

Orland Park)

Stretch and Balance

6:30-7:30 p.m. Every

second and fourth Tuesday

of the month. All are welcome

to an hour session of

stretching and balancing.

All are invited to bring water,

beach towel and yoga

mats. For more information,

contact Elizabeth Kolada

at elleof67@att.net.

St. Michael Church (14327 Highland

Ave., Orland Park

Shawl Ministry

9-10:30 a.m. second

and fourth Tuesdays of the

month. The group crochets

and knits hats, shawls,

scarves for adults and children,

and donates those

For more information,

contact Donna at (708)

403-2122.

Christ Lutheran Church (14700 S. 94th

Ave., Orland Park)

NAMI Support Groups

2-4 p.m. fourth Thursday

of the month. Family

support group meetings

provide an opportunity

to meet with others who

have relatives and friends

of individuals living with a

mental illness.

Presbyterian Church in Orland Park

(13401 S. Wolf Road, Orland Park)

MOPS (Mothers of Pre-

Schoolers)

9-11 a.m. second and

fourth Tuesdays of the

month. Fellowship, friendship

and renewal. Childcare

provided for children

ages 0-5 years For more

information, contact Cindy

at cindypcop@comcast.

net, (708) 448-8142 or visit

www.mops.org/groups/

pcop.

Emotions Anonymous

7:30-9 p.m. Fridays

Sunday School

10:15 a.m. Children ages

3-8 are invited to Sunday

school. For more information,

contact Cindy at cindypcop@comcast.net.

Living Word Lutheran Church (16301 S.

Wolf Road, Orland Park)

PUSH Prayer

9:30 a.m. Tuesdays.

All are welcome. Meetings

take place the second

Tuesday of the month.

Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Editor Bill

Jones at bill@opprairie.com

or call (708) 326-9170 ext.

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Muddy and musical memories of Woodstock

MARY COMPTON

Freelance Reporter

The ’60s.

It was a time of restlessness,

a time of the Vietnam

War and a time of the largest

concert ever put on:

Woodstock.

It was estimated that

400,000 attended. For the

50th reunion, Republic

Bank brought that time to

residents in Orland Park.

“Bringing this exhibit

here is our way to give

back to the community,”

said Tom Bugielski, President

and CEO of Republic

Bank. “The 50th anniversary

of Woodstock is

a tremendous social and

cultural issue. We thought

it was a good idea to provide

this bit of history.”

Bugielski was 12 years

old when Woodstock happened

in August 1968.

“I do remember

the event,”

he said. “It was a memorable

event back then. It

sparked both social and

cultural issues that exist

today.”

Photographs from

Woodstock hung about the

room Thursday, July 11, at

the Elements Banquet Hall

in Orland Park.

Roy and Renee Crews

from Orland Park weren’t

around in 1968 but felt

the need to attend because

they enjoy the music from

that era — songs by artists

Janis Joplin,; Crosby,

Stills, Nash and Young;

and Joan Baez.

“We were wondering if

anyone in this room would

find themselves in these

photos from Woodstock,”

Renee said with a laugh.

“I’m a Grateful Dead

fan,” Roy said. “I’ve even

got a tattoo of them on

me. I would have loved to

see them live. I think they

played Day 2. This event is

very impressive.”

Originally billed in

1969 as An Aquarian Experience:

3 Days of Peace

and Music, it started Aug.

15 in Bethel, New York

on a farm owned by Max

Yasgur. It came to be

known simply as Woodstock.

Mark Rice from Naperville

shared his experience

at Woodstock. He brought

his ticket stub from almost

50 years ago.

“Woodstock was a defining

moment in everyone’s

life,” said Rice. “I

was fortunate enough to

be there. Who would have

thought 50 years later I

would be telling the story

of me and [my] best friend

hitchhiking 250 miles to a

rock concert. ... That is the

Woodstock generation.”

Rice went through his

version of making his way

to the largest concert at

that time to the experience

of being covered in mud.

“Our parents weren’t

happy we were going but

we went anyway,” said

Rice “When the cars were

stopped near the freeway,

we began to walk. We

found out later, we walked

over 10 miles to be at

Woodstock. We got to the

festival when Richie Havens

was going on. We

slept in the woods and the

rains came. The rain came

again then the mud came.

The mud was so thick it

pulled the soles off of my

shoes. In those three days,

it was such an odyssey for

two 18 year olds who just

graduated high school.

Fifty years later we still

celebrate what is called

Woodstock.”

Jerry Kammeyer from Orland Park smiles while looking at some of the photos taken at Woodstock. PHOTOS BY MARY

COMPTON/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

Aristotle

Halikias

(left),

chairman of

the Board

of Republic

Bank, along

with Tom

Bugielski

(right), CEO

of Republic

Bank, stand

with Mark

Rice, of

Naperville,

who is

holding his

ticket from

Woodstock.


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20 | July 18, 2019 | the orland Park Prairie life & Arts

OPPrairie.com

Latest ‘Toy Story’ tugs our

heartstrings once again

BOB MEYERS

Orland Park resident

Library to host fifth comic con

STAFF REPORT

MPAA Rating: G | Genres: Fantasy/Adventure | running time: 100 minutes

Orland Park Public Library is hosting a

mini comic con for the fifth year in a row

on from 10 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July

20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It includes an Artists’ Alley where local

artists bring their work to the library

for display and for community members

to purchase original pieces. This year the

library hosts 16 different groups of artists

“You watch ’em grow up

and become a full person ...

and then they leave. They

go off to do things you’ll

never see. Don’t get me

wrong, you still feel good

about it, but then somehow

you find yourself, after all

those years, sitting in a

closet feeling — just feeling

— useless, your purpose

fulfilled.”

These words summarize

the essence of what it

means to feel lost and at a

crossroads in life.

The picture sees Sheriff

Woody (Tom Hanks)

spending a majority of his

time watching the happenings

of Bonnie’s room from

the viewpoint of her bifolded

doors.

He is not Bonnie’s go-to

toy and he feels a loss of

purpose that we all can relate

to at some point in our

lives as we get older and

the inevitability of change

is on our individual horizons.

Bonnie has kindergarten

orientation and has a hard

time adjusting to the dawn

of school as well as making

friends.

To ease her nerves, she

creates a special toy all her

own, a spork named Forky

(Tony Hale).

Forky is firm in his belief

that he belongs in the garbage

and has yet to fully

grasp his importance to a

child.

He is relentless in making

a run and escaping the

family RV when Bonnie

takes him and the others on

a road trip.

Forky aims to drift

through the wind and get

out of the window, a goal

he accomplishes under the

blanket of darkness.

including Mystery Unincorporated, Raz

Ortiz, Bridgette Wilhelmi, John Streetz,

and Zach Zollars. Links to all the artists’

webpages are available at the library’s

website.

For more information or to see the full

schedule, visit the library’s special OP-

PLCon webpage at orlandparklibrary.

org/comiccon or call (708) 428-5100. The

Orland Park Public Library is located at

14921 Ravinia Ave

visit us online at

www.OPPrairie.com

Woody sets out to find

him and the two forge

a bond as Woody discusses

his loss of purpose

and Forky relates to his

plight.

Just as the duo reach

Bonnie’s vehicle, Woody

notices the lamp of longlost

friend Bo-Peep in the

window of the Second

Chance Antiques store.

As he sets out to find her,

they run into ventriloquist

dummy Benson and Gabby

Gabby, a Chatty Cathy/

Talky Tina-inspired pullstring

doll who has had a

defective voice box since

she was opened.

As Woody and Forky

try evading capture from

Gabby Gabby and the

Goosebump Slappylooking

henchmen at her

side, Buzz sees the need

to search for his pal, and

Please see

unscripted, 21

Assassinations the

subject of July 20

talk at museum

STAFF REPORT

St. Julie picnic to return after long absence

STAFF REPORT

After an absence of several

years, St. Julie Billiart

Roman Catholic Church

will host its parish picnic

from noon to 4 p.m. Aug.

4 on the St. Julie grounds,

7399 W. 159th St. in Tinley

Park. If it rains, it will

be moved indoors to the

Divine Center.

Organizers are not sure

when the last picnic took

place, but some parishioners

were hoping for its

return.

“It’s been awhile,” said

Bill Kokaska, the chairman

of communication for

the event. “But we want to

bring it back. We want to

have people come out and

meet new people and to

have a gathering. We had

a few meetings and there

was enough interest to go

ahead and bring it back.”

The event is open to the

public and free but there

will be food for purchase

including burgers, hot

dogs, Croation sausage,

Chicago Historian Clarence

Goodman began exploring American

assassinations a decade ago and will

give a presentation in Orland Park on

Saturday, July 20. PHOTO SUBMITTED

Chicago Historian Clarence Goodman

began exploring American assassinations

a decade ago, explaining their links to

Chicago in his presentation, “Conspiracy!

On the Trail of the Assassins.”

“The 50th anniversary of President

Kennedy’s death really seemed to jump

start interest in it,” said Goodman, a professional

musician who also leads private

tours of Chicago.

Goodman will discuss major assassinations

and their Chicago connections. at 1

p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Orland Park

History Museum.

“I was born at the beginning of the

‘golden age of American assassinations,’

to borrow from the great Sarah Vowell,”

Goodman said.

The program is open to those ages

18 and older at the museum, 14415

South Beacon Ave. The cost is $15 for

museum members and $20 for non-members.

Registration for the program is available

at the village’s Sportsplex, 11351

West 159th St, at the Frederick T. Owens

Village Hall, 14700 South Ravinia Ave.

and at the museum at 14415 South Beacon

Ave. Registration will also be available

at the door.

For more information, call (708) 873-

1622.

My Dad’s Cover Band will perform at the St. Julie

Billiart picnic on Aug. 4. PHOTO SUBMITTED

shish kabob, beer, wine

and soft drinks.

Entertainment will be

provided by My Dad’s

Cover Band. There will

be games for children and

adults including a bags

tournament. There will be

a split-the-pot raffle.


OPPrairie.com dining out

the orland park prairie | July 18, 2019 | 21

The Dish

Flavor, homemade food key to Frankfort’s El Motor

Nuria Mathog

Contributing Editor

At El Motor Mexican Restaurant,

the focus is on family.

The four members of the Martinez

clan who run the Frankfort

restaurant are united by a common

goal: encouraging area

families to keep coming back

for flavorful Mexican cuisine

made from scratch.

“My dad has been cooking

for more than 25 years,” El

Motor owner Ernesto Martinez

said. “He’s always been our

cook, so about two years ago he

wanted to start up his own

restaurant, and we’ve all

worked in the restaurant industry

— me and my sister and my

brother.”

Each member of the family

plays a different role at the

restaurant, Martinez said. His

father, Gabriel, cooks the dishes

in the back, while his brother

Valentine and sister Gaby help

out as servers.

“We’ve always been familyoriented

people,” said Martinez,

who added that working with

his father and siblings has been

a great experience.

Frankfort’s location and business

community made it an ideal

site for the restaurant, Martinez

said.

“We knew people that started

businesses here,” Martinez said.

“And we live close, 10 to 15

minutes from here.”

El Motor offers traditional

Mexican staples such as tacos

and tostadas. Many of the items

can be purchased as standalone

dishes, as well as part of a dinner

option that includes rice and

beans on the side, and the restaurant

also offers specials such

as half-price margaritas from

4-8 p.m. Fridays.

The tacos, fajitas, burritos

and quesadillas are among the

restaurant’s most popular items,

Martinez said.

The Fajitas De Res ($12.95)

feature steak strips cooked with

tomatoes, green peppers and

onions and are plated with rice,

beans and salad, then served

with the customer’s choice of

tortillas on the side.

“With every table, we bring

out our own chips and salsa,”

Martinez added. “We make our

own chips here, our hot and

mild sauce also, we make it

here, and our pico [de gallo];

it’s very popular.”

All of the items on the restaurant’s

menu are made from

scratch, including the drink selection,

which includes horchata,

a strawberry lemonade

and agua de jamaica, as well

as two types of licuados, or

smoothies.

“We don’t make it with ice

cream,” Martinez said, of the

licuados. “We make it with real

strawberries or bananas, real

El Motor Mexican

Restaurant

9645 Lincolnway Lane Suite

107, Frankfort

Hours

• 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-

Thursday and Sunday

• 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday

and Saturday

• Closed Monday

For more information ...

Phone (815) 464-5219

Web: www.facebook.com/

elmotormexicanrestaurant/

fruit, and then we mix it with ice

and milk.”

Martinez said the restaurant

began offering delivery services

through Doordash two months

ago.

“It’s really helping us grow

and gain new customers,” he

said.

Ultimately, Martinez said, the

restaurant’s goal is to create a

family-friendly environment.

Many of the restaurant’s customers

are families who drop

by after their child’s baseball

game, and El Motor also offers

a 10-percent discount to

customers with a Supporters

in Area Music, or SIAM card,

which benefits the Lincoln-Way

Community High School District

210 Music Booster organizations,

he said.

“I like seeing that people love

At El Motor Mexican Restaurant in Frankfort, the fajitas de res

($12.95), made of steak strips cooked with tomatoes, green peppers

and onions, are plated with rice, beans and salad and served

with the diner’s choice of tortillas on the side. Photos by Nuria

Mathog/22nd Century Media

The steak tacos are sold for $2.20 each with lettuce, cheese and

tomato.

our food, and they keep coming

back,” Martinez said. “They

kind of became like family, because

they know my dad, they

know it’s a family restaurant.

... It’s the relationship that you

build with people in Frankfort,

that we build with them.”

unscripted

From Page 20

he flies right into a carnival.

It is at that carnival where

he gets put up as a consolation

prize and meets the

envious Ducky and Bunny

(Jordan Peele and Keegan

Michael-Key) who have

been yearning for a kid for

years.

Meanwhile, upon being

taken to the playground by

Harmony, the girl whose

grandma runs Second

Chance Antiques, Woody

is reunited with Bo-Peep

(Annie Potts), who has

grown to be a free-spirited,

independent woman since

her years with Andy and

Molly.

She even has a trusted

Polly Pocket-esque sidekick

at her side in Giggle

McDimples (Ally Maki).

As Woody and Bo contemplate

their differing outlooks

on what it means to

be a toy, Bo agrees to help

Woody find Forky, who had

not been as lucky to avoid

the clutches of Benson.

The task of retrieving

Forky presents new challenges

accomplished with

assistance from Duke Caboom.

Keanu Reeves gives

voice to daredevil Caboom,

Canada’s greatest

stunt man, who was thrown

away by his owner following

his failure to live up to

the stunts performed in his

commercial advertisement.

Reeves shines in the role

and his adage to the series

offers hilarity. He gives immense

depth to his character,

as do all of the seasoned

voice actors throughout.

“Toy Story 4” is a picture

that stands fittingly alongside

the previous trilogy

and it is filled with the heart

and emotion that we have

come to know and expect

from Pixar.

The film is action-packed

fun for all ages and will

make you laugh as well as

cry in this pivotal journey

with toys new and old.

The accompaniment of

the strong orchestral score

from Randy Newman is

as instrumental and welcome

an element as the

returning voice cast in the

films.

The crux of the storytelling

lays out lessons

about growth in the thick

of change and paving out

one’s purpose in life in new

ways.

The story told through

the prism of toys is, and has

always been, adventures

all can relate to in our own

varying trajectories, and

that is why the “Toy Story”

franchise remains so enriching

nearly 25 years

since the original film.

Disney and Pixar have

hit it out of the park yet

again.


22 | July 18, 2019 | the orland Park Prairie puzzles

OPPrairie.com

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

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur

Across

1. Just barely

5. First name in fairy

tales

9. Rhyme for “stash,”

appropriately

14. Fashionable clothing

store

15. Long, long time

(variation)

16. Bypass

17. Book part

18. Court group

19. Bogotá babies

20. James of jazz

21. Homer Glen neighbor

23. Western or eastern

25. Civil War soldier

28. A Manning

29. Picasso’s country

31. Evil soldier in “The

Lord of the Rings”

34. Finish

38. Automobile pioneer

39. Trouble

41. Land of opportunity

42. Misanthrope

43. Gas seller

44. Kind of line

46. Man-mouse connection

47. Deli order

50. Omega or flaxseed

52. Spot for a tattoo,

perhaps

53. PJs

59. It runs north to

south through Homer

Glen

61. Rent-__ (airport service)

63. You might talk to

her often at home

65. Halftime lead, e.g.

66. Flower receptacle

67. Kind of acid

68. They often clash in

Hollywood

69. “So what ___ is

new?”

70. Societal division

71. Change for a $50,

maybe

72. Comes out with

Down

1. Legally qualified

2. Choppers, so to

speak

3. Weaken

4. Knock down

5. Arrests

6. Fable maker

7. Tally mark

8. Chinese calendar

animal

9. River craft

10. State

11. Lowest female

voice

12. Get going

13. Publishing execs

22. Cousin of ante-

24. “Why should

___ you?”

26. Terminator

27. Big city in Iraq

30. Blue grass

31. Scarlett of Tara

32. More sparse

33. Crunchy vegtables

35. French nobleman

36. G.I. entertainers

37. Video camera

action

40. Bean

42. 1967 musical

45. Much-admired

woman

48. Intertwine

49. Zero

51. Fall ground cover

54. Receive

55. ___ podge

(mess)

56. Append

57. La ___ opera

house

58. Smart-mouthed

60. Escape route

62. Roger of

“Cheers”

63. Beginner instruction

in a subject

64. Mauna ___ (Hawaiian

volcano)

ORLAND PARK

Traverso’s Restaurant

(15601 S Harlem Ave,

Orland Park; (708) 532-

2220)

■5-7 ■ p.m. Mondays:

Free bar bingo

Girl in the Park

(11265 W. 159th St.,

Orland Park; (708) 226-

0042)

■8 ■ p.m. Wednesday-

Saturday: Live music

The Brass Tap

(14225 95th Ave. Suite

400, Orland Park; (708)

226-1827)

■8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Trivia. Prizes awarded

■9 ■ p.m. Fridays and

Saturdays: Live music

Dan ‘D’ Jac’s

(9358 171st St., Orland

Hills; (708) 460-8773

■9 ■ p.m.-1 a.m.

Wednesdays: acoustic

open mic night

■9:30 ■ p.m.-1:30 a.m.

Thursdays: karaoke

■9:30 ■ p.m.-2:30 a.m.

Fridays and Saturdays:

karaoke

Fox’s Restaurant and Pub

(9655 W. 143rd St.,

Orland Park; (708) 349-

2111)

■6-9 ■ p.m. Thursday,

Friday, and Saturday:

Eman

■6-9 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Gene Infelise and

Francesca

Papa Joe’s

(14459 S. LaGrange

Road, Orland Park;

(708) 403-9099)

■6-10 ■ p.m. Fridays: The

keyboard stylings of

Roger Pampel

Square Celt Ale House &

Grill

(39 Orland Square

Drive, Orland Park;

(708) 226-9600)

■8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Free

Bar Bingo

■8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Free Trivia

To place an event in The

Scene, email a.datta@

22ndcenturymedia.com.

answers

How to play Sudoku

Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that

has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of

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

and box must contain each of the numbers

1 to 9.

LEVEL: Medium

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan


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24 | July 18, 2019 | the orland Park Prairie real estate

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1003 Help Wanted

CONSULTATIVE SALES ENGINEER

for Custom Rubber Products Company

At Aero Rubber Company, Inc. we value the desire to succeed,

providing a great customer experience, and supporting our teams.

As a consultative sales engineer in our Industrial Rubber Band

Division, you’ll receive in-depth training on our rubber products

so you can actively identify new targets and establish new

business from inception through to final sale.

To succeed you’ll need to evaluate opportunities, build

relationships, and develop leads with the support of targeted

marketing campaigns. You’ll call on qualified targets, provide

technical sales consultations, develop quotes, and provide

outstanding customer service to ensure loyal customers.

Throughout the entire process you’ll track leads with our

CRM system and report on your results.

This is an inside non-commissioned position;

it is not a telemarketing position.

Qualifications

- 3-5 years minimum successful B2B development and

industrial sales experience

- Prior consultative sales and relationship building

(not catalog sales)

- Proven track record of achieving results

- Strong phone presence with excellent verbal communication

and listening skills

- ISO and/or quality system experience a plus

Benefits

Medical/Dental/Vision, 401K,

Performance Bonus, Relocation Package

About Aero

Located in SW Suburb of Chicago, 46+ Years Strong

ISO 9001:2015

To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to:

bschatte@aerorubber.com

SENIOR SALES

ASSISTANT

Due to rapid growth and growing

business opportunities,

Aero Rubber Company

seeks a detail-oriented

Senior Sales Assistant for a

full-time position.

Working directly with a

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responsible for providing

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and performing sales

administrative functions.

This is a very diversified

position in our fast-paced

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Qualifications:

- Strong organizational &

communication skills

- Expert in Microsoft Office

- Industrial B2B customer

service experience a plus

Competitive salary & benefit

package including 401K

To apply, send cover letter

and resume to:

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Small Cleaning Company

looking for P/T Help for

Commercial & Residential

815-370-2532

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Looking for a P/T, long-term

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of administrative duties.

We would like this candidate

to have prior real estate

knowledge and demonstrate

professionalism as the

first point of contact.

If you are hard-working,

reliable, and honest and have

a willingness to work in the

real estate industry -

please call me, Julie Carnes,

office manager/broker at

(708) 906-3301

Position available for a full

time water treatment

technician for south

suburban company.

On site job training provided.

Job includes product delivery,

installation and/or equipment

repair. Must be able to lift and

move heavy products for

delivery. 40 hour week plus

occasional Saturday work.

Benefits include vacation,

health insurance and 401K

contributions. Email resume

to jrob36@ameritech.net or

fax to 815-485-2451.

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1003 Help

Wanted

Part-time Telephone Work

calling from home for

AMVETS. Ideal for

homemakers and retirees.

Must be reliable and have

morning &evening hours

available for calling.

If interested,

Call 708 429 6477

M-F, 10am - 1pm Only!

Sterling Site Access

Solutions LLC.

Located in Phoenix, IL

(near Harvey, IL)

Seeking: Manufacturing

Operators (2 years exp.) &

Manufacturing Maintenance

Technicians (8 years exp.)

Submit resumes to:

recruiting@sterlingsolutions.com

Van-Go Transportation

Looking for Drivers and

One-on-One Aids

for Special Needs Van

Bus Driver permit a plus,

but will train

Great part-time job with

great pay: $14-$18/hour

(815) 931-2880

Hiring Desk Clerk

(must be flexible w/ shifts)

& Housekeeping

(Morning)

Needed at Super 8 Motel

Apply within:

9485 W. 191st St, Mokena

No Phone Calls

Are you a person with

attention to detail?

Hiring P/T House Cleaners

No Evenings/Weekends

Will Train

(815) 464-1988

Alvernia Manor

Senior Living - Lemont

Part-Time Cook

Call for Details

(630) 257-7721

Display Ad Salespeople

needed for local business

Great Commission

and Earning Potential

Contact: lucykate5@aol.com

P/T Podiatric Assistant

needed for Homer Glen &

Burbank offices.

Days & Evenings 20-30 hrs/wk

Fax resume to 708.636.4105

Automotive

$52 4 lines/

7 papers

Real Estate

$50 7 7 papers

lines/

Help Wanted

$13 4 lines/

per line 7 papers

Merchandise

$30 7 4 papers

lines/

1004 Employment

Opportunities

1010 Sitters

Available

Need an

Infant Nanny?

Peggy 815 405 7500

(Frankfort)

NEED BABYSITTER

HELP?

Loving mom in New Lenox,

will provide daily care in my

home, Monday-Friday.

Nelson Prairie School area

and Spencer Kindergarten.

Call Stacy at 630-776-4103

1023 Caregiver

Caregiver Services

Provided by

Margaret’s Agency Inc.

State Licensed & Bonded

since 1998. Providing quality

care for elderly.

Live-in/ Come & go.

708.403.8707

Heaven Sent Caregivers

Professional caregiving

service. 24 hr or hourly

services; shower or bath

visits. Licensed & bonded.

Try the best! 708.638.0641

WANTED

Want to care for an

elderly or disabled person

in MY loving,

well-appointed home.

Excellent references

Please call for more details

(815) 614-8140

1037 Prayer / Novena

Oh most Beautiful Flower of

Mt Carmel, Fruitful vine,

splendor of heaven, blessed

mother of the Son of God,

Immaculate Virgin, Assist me

in this my neccessity, oh star of

the sea help me and show me

herein you are my mother. Oh

holy Mary, Mother of God,

Queen of Heaven and Earth, I

humbly beeseach you from the

bottom of my heart to succor

me in my necessity (make

request) there are none that can

withstand your power, oh Mary

conceived without sin, pray for

us who have recourse to thee

(3x). Holy Mary I place this

cause in your hands (3x). Say

this prayer for three

consecutive days, you must

publish it and it will be granted

to you. Thank you For

Granting my request.

-MMT

1050 Community Events

1052 Garage Sale

Homer Glen 16237 Oak Valley

Tr 7/19-7/20 8-3pm Furniture,

household, clothes, baby

stuff & much, much more!

New Lenox 1219 N. Vine St.

Fri. 7/19 and Sat. 7/20, 9-4pm.

Truck cap, 2 antique school

desks, inflatable pool w/ filter,

kid’s kitchen, and lots more!

Tinley Park 16352 Ironwood

Dr 7/19-7/20 8-3pm Household,

furn, electronics, appliances

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1053 Multi Family

Sale

Lockport 14921 W. Victoria

Crossing 7/19 & 7/20 9-3pm

Furniture, household items.

Going to school? Getting your

own place? Come see!

1057 Estate Sale

New Lenox 248 Surf Drive.

Thurs. 7/18 - Sat. 7/20, 9-2pm.

Estate Sale and Open House -

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1057 Estate Sale 1058 Moving Sale

Orland Park Estate Sale, 180

Arthur Drive, Dir: 179th E

Wolf Rd to Eagle Ridge Subdivision.

Fri. & Sat. 19 &209am

to 3pm. Living room, dining

rm furniture, china cabinet.

Precious Moments coll., Family

rm. furn in great cond.,

Bedrm misc. pieces. C-1940’s

AMC jukebox plays 78’s &

45’s. Office, children’s play

things, womans clothing. Patio

furn. dinette set. Garage full

elec. tools and household

items. Joan’s Estate Sale

708-712-7083

Real Estate

1092 Townhouse for Sale

Frankfort

Hunt Club Estates

A premier complex, ranch

unit, great location, offers an

outdoor pool, clubhouse, walk

to shopping, trails, inmint

condition, with finished basement

& 2 car garage.

708-702-6901

Homer Glen 14041 Hialeah

Court, 3blocks West ofWill

Cook Road off Derby Lane.

Fri. 7/19 &Sat. 7/20, 8-2pm.

Adult clothes, home items,

Harley merch, tools, exercise

equipment, pet items, women’s

accessories, etc. All must go!

New Lenox 1054 Southgate

Road , 7/19 & 7/20, 9-3pm,

tools, golf clubs, collectables,

kids stuff and more.

Tinley Park 7922 164th Place.

Sat. 7/20, 10am - 2pm. New

walker, glass table, coats,

kitchenware, and more!

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over 96,000 homes across

the southwest suburbs!

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1125 Lake Property for Sale

Rental

1225 Apartments for Rent

Oak Forest Terrace

15815 Terrace, Oak Forest

Spacious 1 & 2 Bdrms.

Serene setting & Beautiful

Grounds. Tennis, Pool,

Walking Trails. Near metra.

708-687-1818

oakterrapts@att.net

Mokena/Weber

Wills Apartments

1 Bedroom apt. $ 850

2 Bedroom apt. $ 980

CLOSE TO METRA AND 1-80

708-479-2448

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Business Directory

2003 Appliance Repair

QUALITY

APPLIANCE

REPAIR, Inc.

• Air Conditioning • Furnaces

Refrigeration • Dishwashers

Stoves & Ovens • Microwaves

Garbage Disposals

Washers&Dryers

Family Owned &Operatedsince 1986

Someone you can TRUST

All work GUARANTEED

BEST price in town!

708-712-1392

2004 Asphalt Paving/Seal Coating

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Automotive

$52 4 lines/

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Real Estate

$50 7 7 papers

lines/

2006 Basement Waterproofing

2007 Black Dirt/Top Soil

Sawyer

Dirt

Pulverized Black Dirt

Rough Black Dirt

Driveway Gravel

Available

For Delivery Pricing Call:

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2011 Brick/Chimney Experts

Help Wanted

$13 4 lines/

per line 7 papers

Merchandise

$30 7 4 papers

lines/

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2011 Brick/Chimney Experts

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2070 Electrical

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2075 Fencing

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2120 Handyman

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It!

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2120 Handyman

2132 Home Improvement 2132 Home Improvement

HANDYMAN SERVICE —WHATEVER YOU NEED

"OVER 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE"

Windows, Doors, Decks Kitchen & Bathroom Remodeling, Plumbing Interior and

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BEECHY’S

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Drywall & Plaster Repair

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Install StormWindows/Doors

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2140 Landscaping 2145 Lawn Maintenance

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$13 4 lines/

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2145 Lawn Maintenance

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2200 Roofing

Celebrating 3 generations of outstanding service!

Tens of Thousands of Highly Satisfied Customers!

Family owned & operated - 66 years in business!

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2276 Tuckpointing/Masonry

2394 Debt Relief

2294 Window Cleaning

2220 Siding

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Power Washing

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2701 Property for

Sale

2701 Property for

Sale

2701 Property for

Sale

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFCOOK

COUNTY, ILLINOIS

COUNTY DEPARTMENT -CHAN-

CERY DIVISION

FIFTH THIRD BANK AS SUCCES-

SOR BY MERGER TO

FIFTH THIRD MORTGAGE COM-

PANY

Plaintiff,

vs.

DANIEL PIOTROWSKI; SECRE-

TARY OF HOUSING AND

URBAN DEVELOPMENT; UN-

KNOWN OWNERS AND

NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS

Defendants,

16 CH 15153

NOTICE OF SALE

PUBLIC NOTICE ISHEREBY GIVEN

that pursuant to aJudgment ofForeclosure

and Sale entered in the above entitled

cause Intercounty Judicial Sales

Corporation will on Thursday, August

8, 2019 at the hour of 11 a.m. in their

office at 120 West Madison Street, Suite

718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public

auction to the highest bidder for cash, as

set forth below, the following described

mortgaged real estate:

P.I.N. 27-27-212-027-0000.

Commonly known as 16812 Vicky

Lane, Orland Hills, Illinois 60487.

The mortgaged real estate is improved

with asingle family residence. If the

subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of

acommon interest community, the purchaser

of the unit other than amortgagee

shall pay the assessments required

by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of

the Condominium Property Act.

Sale terms: 10% down by certified

funds, balance, by certified funds,

within 24 hours. Norefunds. The property

will NOT be open for inspection.

For information call The Sales Department

atPlaintiff's Attorney, Anselmo

Lindberg & Associates, LLC, 1771

West Diehl Road, Naperville, Illinois

60563-1890. (630) 453-6960.

F16110086

INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES

CORPORATION

Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122

I3124750

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFCOOK

COUNTY, ILLINOIS

COUNTY DEPARTMENT -CHAN-

CERY DIVISION

FEDERAL HOME LOAN MORT-

GAGE CORPORATION, AS TRUS-

TEE FOR FREDDIE MAC SEA-

SONED CREDIT RISK TRANSFER

TRUST, SERIES 2017-4, AS OWNER

OF THE RELATED MORTGAGE

LOAN

Plaintiff,

-v.-

LYDIA LUYANDO, DAVID LUY-

ANDO JR., THE BANK OF NEW

YORK MELLON F/K/A THE BANK

OF NEW YORK, INDENTURE TRUS-

TEE ON BEHALF OF THE NOTE-

HOLDERS OF THE CWHEQ INC.,

CWHEQ REVOLVING HOME EQ-

UITY LOAN TRUST, SERIES 2007-C,

ORLAND PARK CROSSING CON-

DOMINIUM ASSOCIATION

Defendants

2019 CH 00332

13939 JOHN HUMPHREY DRIVE

ORLAND PARK, IL 60462

NOTICE OF SALE

PUBLIC NOTICE ISHEREBY GIVEN

that pursuant to aJudgment ofForeclosure

and Sale entered in the above cause

on April 30, 2019, an agent for The Judicial

Sales Corporation, will at 10:30

AM on August 19, 2019, at The Judicial

Sales Corporation, One South Wacker

Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at a

public sale to the highest bidder, as set

forth below, the following described

real estate:

Commonly known as 13939 JOHN

HUMPHREY DRIVE, ORLAND

PARK, IL 60462

Property Index No.

27-03-300-050-1005; (27-03-301-031,

-005, -012, -018 underlying).

The real estate is improved with a

condo/townhouse.

Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid

by certified funds at the close of the sale

payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation.

No third party checks will beaccepted.

The balance, including the Judicial

Sale fee for the Abandoned Residential

Property Municipality Relief

Fund, which is calculated on residential

real estate atthe rate of $1 for each

$1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount

paid by the purchaser not to exceed

$300, in certified funds/or wire transfer,

is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale.

The subject property is subject to general

real estate taxes, special assessments,

orspecial taxes levied against

said real estate and is offered for sale

without any representation as to quality

or quantity of title and without recourse

to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" condition.

The sale is further subject to confirmation

by the court.

Upon payment in full ofthe amount bid,

the purchaser will receive aCertificate

of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to

adeed to the real estate after confirmation

of the sale.

The property will NOT be open for inspection

and plaintiff makes no representation

astothe condition ofthe property.

Prospective bidders are admonished

to check the court file to verify all

information.

If this property isacondominium unit,

the purchaser ofthe unit atthe foreclosure

sale, other than amortgagee, shall

pay the assessments and the legal fees

required by The Condominium Property

Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If

this property is a condominium unit

which ispart ofacommon interest community,

the purchaser ofthe unit atthe

foreclosure sale other than amortgagee

shall pay the assessments required by

The Condominium Property Act, 765

ILCS 605/18.5(g-1).

IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR

(HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE

RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION

FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF

AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN AC-

CORDANCE WITH SECTION

15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW.

You will need a photo identification issued

by a government agency (driver's

license, passport, etc.) in order togain

entry into our building and the foreclosure

sale room in Cook County and the

same identification for sales held at

other county venues where The Judicial

Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure

sales.

For information, examine the court file

or contact Plaintiff's attorney: CODILIS

& ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030

NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE

100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630)

794-9876 Please refer tofile number

14-19-00009.

THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORA-

TION

One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor,

Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312)

236-SALE

You can also visit The Judicial Sales

Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a7

day status report of pending sales.

CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C.

15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD,

SUITE 100

BURR RIDGE, IL 60527

(630) 794-5300

E-Mail: pleadings@il.cslegal.com

Attorney File No. 14-19-00009

Attorney ARDC No. 00468002

Attorney Code. 21762

Case Number: 2019 CH 00332

TJSC#: 39-2815

NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection

Practices Act, you are advised

that Plaintiff's attorney is deemed to be

adebt collector attempting tocollect a

debt and any information obtained will

be used for that purpose.

I3124832

2702 Public

Notices

Notice is hereby given, pursuant to

“An Act in relation to the use of an

Assumed Business Name in th conduct

ortransaction of Business in

the State,” as amended, that a certification

was registered by the undersigne

with the County Clerk of

Cook Couny.

Registration Number: Y19001691

on July 1, 2019

Under the Asumed Business Name

of GLAM EXTENSIONZ BAR

with the business located at:

9295 159TH STREET SUITE 127,

ORLAND HILLS, IL 60487

The true and real full name and

residence address of the owner is:

AMANDA MALONE

15250 EL CAMENO TERR 2S

ORLAND PARK, IL 60462, USA

2900 Merchandise

Under $100

Back issues of Corvette

Magazine. Issues 24 thru 123.

$1 each Call 815-485-3524

Bally Fireball pinball machine

$100 OBO Call 708-460-5624

Black with glass entertainment

/TV center good condition $30,

Component stand black $20

Call Debbie @ 815-534-5273

(Frankfort)

China cabinet excellent condition

3 glass shelves 3 drawers

interior light 68”h x24”w x

14”d $70 Northbrook, Photos

on Craigslist 847-272-2252

Closet shelves white wire free

slide shelves with built in hang

rod. 4at 77”x12”, 3t36”x12”

(no hang rod) All for $25 Call

708-651-2222

College dorm refrigerator extra

large freezer excellent condition

$50, Craftsmen 16 gallon

wet-dry vacuum $25

708-349-9028

Complete lamppost with light,

new in box, cost $129 Selling

for $60 Call 630-542-8207

Craftsman 10” table saw on

stand with wheels needs motor

$50, Sears Craftsman router

1hp on Craftsman table $50

Call 708-532-3423

Craftsman router’s 1HP $10,

1.5 HP $15, Router table $15

Call 708-478-0582

Dog kennel in good condition

5’x10’ with dog house $75

708-429-5317

Looking to have a

garage sale this year?

Call the classified department or fax in your form below!

• Goes in all 7 Southwest newspapers

• 4 lines of information

(28 characters per line)

$42.00

Single Family

Payment Method

̌ Check enclosed

̌ Money Order

̌ Credit Card

Please cut this form out and

mail or fax it back to us at:

22 nd Century Media

11516 W. 183 rd St

Suite #3 Unit SW

Orland Park, IL 60467

$44.00

Multi Family

Ad Copy Here (print)

Name

Address

City/State/Zip

Phone

Credit Card Orders Only

Card #

Signature

Phn: 708.326.9170 • Fax: 708.326.9179

www.22ndcenturymedia.com

• Additional lines only a $1.95

• Borders only an additional $1.00

• FREE GARAGE SALE KIT

$47.00

Subdivision

Circle One

$52.00

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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

10 Questions

with Jimmy Rybarczyk

Jimmy Rybarczyk is a

senior-to-be football

player at Sandburg High

School.

What is your proudest

moment in athletics?

Sophomore year, I

played varsity the whole

season and it was a big

change for me. There were

a lot of ups and downs but

in the sectional semifinal

game against Lincoln way

East, I hit my first varsity

home run in a pretty big

spot, too. Our team ended

up going all the way to

state and that was one of

the best experiences of my

life.

Are there any

embarrassing

moments you had in

sports?

Sophomore year. I

would get chronic nosebleeds

during our spring

season and the first time

we were in Indianapolis

for a tournament for Sandburg

and I was in the outfield

and I wiped my nose

and there was blood all

over my hand and I by the

time I got back to the dugout

my entire white jersey

was covered in blood.

Is there something

people don’t know

about you?

When I am older I want

to own my own big business.

Do you have a hero,

JEFF VORVA/

22ND CENTURY MEDIA

or someone you look

up to?

From a baseball standpoint

Branden Comia and

Dan Santiago have been

the two people I have

looked up to my entire

life. Dan Santiago Is my

neighbor and he played

baseball at Sandburg and

ever since I was like 7 or

8, I would spend my summers

playing tennis ball

baseball outside at parks

in the street and he’s been

a huge inspiration and role

model. Branden Comia

who is a former teammate

and friend since junior

high. He’s always been

“the guy” in Orland Park

and he is an amazing baseball

player he took me under

his wing when I was a

sophomore. He would take

me to lift at school in season

at 4:30 in the morning

or to hit at like 9 at night.

I have tons of respect for

him and his game and he is

another role model to me.

Is there a movie you

could watch over and

over without getting

bored with it?

“Grown Ups” has always

been one of my favorite

movies to watch. I

just think it is hilarious.

If you could have

dinner with anyone —

living or dead — who

would it be with?

Mike Trout just so I can

pick his brain about hitting

and defense in the outfield

and also his work ethic

with training

Favorite food?

Chipotle - you can find

me there several days a

week.

Is there a food you

hate so much, you

wouldn’t eat if it you

are given a million

dollars to eat it?

I would eat almost anything

for a million dollars

I’m not to picky.

If they made a movie

about your life, who

should play you?

I would want to star in it

and direct it since no one

knows me better but me.

What would that

movie be called?

“Nonstop.” If you ask

any of my friends I am

always really busy and I

like being busy. I can’t sit

in the same place for more

than an hour I have to be

active all the time.

Interview by Sports Editor

Jeff Vorva

From left, Erin Greenfield, Nicole Poole, Lauren O’Leary, Julia Ruzevich and Kate

Ruzevich are Orland Park players who not only led Moraine Valley to the NJCAA

national tournament, all five earned academic honors. JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

AREA SPORTS ROUNDUP

Orland Park players show

academic chops at MVCC

JEFF VORVA, Sports Editor

Orland Park student-athletes

helped Moraine Valley

Community College

boast a host of national

and conference academic

honors for the 2018-2019

school year.

National Junior College

Athletic Association Academic

Student-Athletes

must have a 3.6 GPA or

higher after completing at

least 24 credits and participate

in the college’s sport

for at least one season.

Moraine Valley athletes

who received this honor

from the area included

basketball player Julia

Ruzevich (Marist), soccer

player Daniel Rohder

(Sandburg) and volleyball

player and Lauren Gausselin

(Sandburg).

To earn the Skyway

Conference distinction,

students must have earned

a 3.0 GPA or higher after

completing at least 48

credit hours while participating

in one of the

college’s 12 sports. The

MVCC honorees include

Lauren O’Leary (Sandburg),

Julia Ruzevich and

Kate Ruzevich (Marist);

runners David Alvarez

(Sandburg) and Jasmine

Abunaim (Sandburg),

The All-Conference

Freshmen Academic athletes

completed at least

24 credit hours with a

3.0 GPA or higher. Moraine

Valley recipients are

basketball players Erin

Greenfield (Sandburg), Nicole

Poole (Sandburg) and

Dean Samara (Sandburg).

Payton hits three

Orland Park native Mark

Payton hit three home runs

in host Triple-A Las Vegas’s

13-9 win over Salt

Lake on Saturday, July 13.

That brought him to 13

homers on the campaign,

his first with the Oakland

organization after spending

five seasons in the New

York Yankees system.

Eagles drop two

Sandburg’s baseball

team, which earned a regional

title in summer

league play, dropped two

games at the Illinois High

School Baseball Coaches

Association Lockport Sectional.

The Eagles dropped a

5-4, eight-inning heartbreaker

to eventual champion

Lincoln-Way East.

They followed up with a

10-3 setback to Lincoln-

Way West.


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GOING PLACES

Jones parlays junior college career into DI scholarship

PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN

Freelance Reporter

Sandburg grad Troy Jones had a Region IV Player of the Year season. JAMES SMITH/TRITON COLLEGE

ATHLETICS

The campus of Triton College

rises off Fifth Avenue adjacent

North Avenue in River Grove.

Gliding north and looking right,

the most architecturally significant

and impressive structure is

the gleaming, picturesque baseball

diamond.

It certainly caught the imagination

of Troy Jones.

“It is just beautiful there,”

Jones said. “That was the number

one thing that drew me to the

school. Once I saw it, I remember

saying that is where I wanted

to go and play.”

The feeling was mutual.

The program is one of the best

Midwestern college programs,

regardless of level. Triton has

produced four professional players,

most memorably Minnesota

Twins Hall of Fame outfielder

Kirby Puckett. Cubs pitcher

Tom Gorzelanny, former Cubs

and White Sox infielder Lance

Johnson, and former Twin Jarvis

Brown, who was a member with

Puckett on the 1995 World Series

champions, also played there.

After graduating from Sandburg

in the spring of 2017, where

he started for two years in left

field on back-to-back 20-win

teams, Jones was seeking the

best route to continue his playing

career

His love affair with the game

started young, at the age of 5

playing in youth leagues in Orland

Park. He had different options.

The key was finding the

ideal fit.

Enter stage left, the Trojans

program.

“Looking back I would not

have changed a thing,” Jones

said. “It was the best decision

I ever made. I think it was the

best thing for me academically.

It helped me grow and get used

to college life.”

Baseball success just flowed

organically.

In his just concluded sophomore

year, Jones demonstrated

his versatile and expanding skill

set by hitting .477 with four

home runs, 15 extra-base hits

and 32 runs batted in.

In two separate games in

April, he smashed three doubles

en route to a four-RBI performance

against Kankakee. He

also drilled two tape measure

home runs against Kishwaukee.

Jones also made five appearances

as a relief pitcher, going

3-2 with 11 strikeouts and permitting

just two earned runs.

Triton defeated South Suburban

College in winning its fourth

consecutive Region IV Division

I title. For his accomplishments,

Jones earned the region’s Player

of the Year honors.

He also earned Division I notice

and is heading to Valparaiso

for the 2019-2020 school year.

“I loved every second of junior

college,” Jones said.

Despite his impressive individual

statistics, Jones said his

game is built not on the spectacular

but on execution and the

accretion of detail.

“I am more interested in the

little things rather than wowing

people,” Jones said. “I try to be

the kind of guy who beats out the

play at second base. That is what

I love about the game. You are

always thinking, and the game

has a lot more strategy.”

As a pitcher, he understands

the psychology of the position

and how they engage with batters.

That allowed him to turn

the tables.

“You definitely have to learn

how to hit the curveball ball at

the next level,” Jones said. “In

college, a pitcher might throw it

three times at you, as opposed to

high school, where you are going

to see at least one fastball.

“You also have to adjust to the

jump in velocity.”

Interesting as most athletes

pinpoint the accelerated speed

of play as the biggest difference

in making the leap from high

school to college, Jones said his

experience was the inverse.

“Mostly you have to learn how

the game slows down,” Jones

said. “At Sandburg, I felt like the

game was so fast. Once you get

to college, everyone gets better.

The game slows down and you

are able to think more.”

In the process he made a clear

line of improvement from a situational

or utility player and occasional

reliever to a full-time,

two-way player. He delivered

results.

“I felt like I just did a better

job this year of putting the ball

in play and having fewer strikeouts,”

he said. “I have an August

birthday, so I have always been

one of the youngest players, or

behind the curve a bit, with my

development.

“Triton made me a better player

and allowed me to grow.”

At 6 feet 1 inch and 182

pounds, he combines size, range

and physical power. He is now

about to embark on the next

stage of his career after he accepted

a scholarship at Valparaiso

University.

The Indiana campus is just 50

miles from Orland Park. He was

made to feel important. It echoed

his time in River Grove.

“When I went there on my

recruiting visit, I thought the

academics were outstanding,” he

said. “When I saw the baseball

team and how much they wanted

me, I didn’t think anywhere else

would be better for me.”


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Orland Park’s Koziol chasing dream as Joliet Slammers closer

STEVE MILLAR

Contributing Editor

Ryan Koziol has had more

than his fair share of setbacks

throughout his baseball career,

but the most heartbreaking one

came on March 18, when the San

Francisco Giants released him.

Koziol, a Providence Catholic

graduate and Orland Park resident,

pitched well after catching

on with the Giants as a free

agent. In three seasons with the

organization, split between Class

A and Rookie League, he compiled

a 6-4 record and a 3.09

ERA over 81 appearances, all

out of the bullpen.

He had nine saves, all in 2016

with the Class A Augusta Greenjackets,

and struck out 88 in 116

2/3 innings.

Still, the Giants decided to let

him go prior to this season.

Koziol, however, was never

inclined to hang up his jersey

and look for work outside of

baseball.

“I knew right away I wanted

to find another team,” he said.

“I love baseball. It’s been my favorite

thing to do since I was 3

years old and I couldn’t imagine

walking away right now. I still

have more in the tank and I want

to give everything I’ve got for as

long as I can.”

Koziol’s new opportunity

came quickly and close to home.

On March 27, he signed with the

Joliet Slammers, the defending

champions in the independent

Frontier League.

“I felt like I got a small unfair

shake with the Giants and that’s

why I’m here in Joliet to prove

myself,” Koziol said. “All I can

do is keep working hard and

hope somebody gives me another

shot in the future.”

If Koziol continues to pitch the

way he has over the first month

of the Frontier League season,

it likely won’t be long before he

gets that shot.

Koziol earned the closer’s

role with Joliet and has thrived.

Orland Park’s Ryan Koziol is keeping his baseball career alive with the Joliet Slammers. STEVE MILLAR/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

Through the Frontier League

All-Star break, he had pitched

in 21 games, going 3-2 with 11

saves (tied for the league lead)

and a 1.40 ERA while striking

out 23 and walking just three in

25 2/3 innings.

“I wanted to come in and show

that I could still do it,” Koziol

said. “I had some closing experience

in the Giants minor leagues

and I wanted to show that I’ve

still got it.

“So far, I’ve been happy with

the way I’ve pitched. We haven’t

been clicking on all cylinders as

a team, but we’re trying to get

there, putting in the work to get

better every day.”

Koziol said it takes a special

mentality to be a closer. His experience

closing with Augusta

and at Illinois State has helped

prepare him.

“It’s tricky,” he said. “A lot of

nights, I have no idea if I’m going

to pitch or not. You have to

be ready at a moment’s notice.

The other night, we scored three

in the ninth and I had to get hot

really quick. It takes some focus

and determination, but I think

I’m very ready for the role.”

A pitcher at heart

Koziol’s stint in independent

ball is just the latest chapter in

what’s been a roller-coaster of a

career.

A decision for him to transfer

from Brother Rice to Providence

before his senior season sparked

a huge controversy in Illinois.

He had become a highly valued

prospect who was likely to be

drafted by a MLB team out of

high school, but concerns over

injuries to his pitching arm derailed

that.

Koziol then ended up bouncing

around through his college

career, going from Arizona to

Gulf Coast State College to Illinois

State.

He was determined to be a

pitcher but was used only as

an infielder during his freshman

season at Arizona. At Gulf

Coast, Koziol proved himself as

a two-way player, and Illinois

State recruited him to pitch and

be a position player.

In his one season at Illinois

State in 2015, Koziol was a productive

hitter: .298 average, 37

RBI, 47 runs while starting 52

games at third base. He struggled

a bit more while pitching out of

the bullpen, going 1-4 with a

6.64 ERA and five saves.

Still, pitching was his future.

“When I was at Illinois State,

all the scouts talking to me were

all about pitching,” he said.

“In high school, the pro scouts

were looking at me as a pitcher.

Surgery senior year kind of

derailed that. I always knew I

was a pitcher, though. My dad

[Ed] was a pro pitcher in the

minors. It’s in my blood. In my

heart, I always wanted to be a

pitcher.”

Koziol will continue his push

to get back to affiliated ball,

while giving the Slammers all he

has in the meantime.

“I’ve been everywhere,” he

said. “I have a great support system

with my parents, my family,

my fiancee. They all want me to

continue living my dream.”


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fastbreak

THURSDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK

Coyne Schofield hopes fight for equal pay ends soon

PHOTO BY JOLIET SLAMMERS

1st and 3

THREE FACTS ABOUT

ORLAND PARK

RESIDENT AND JOLIET

SLAMMERS PITCHER

RYAN KOZIOL (ABOVE).

1. Throwing zeroes

Since giving up

three runs in a twoinning

stint on June

15, Koziol did not

allow a run in his

next nine appearances.

2. No walks in the

park

He headed into the

Frontier League All-

Star break with 12

straight appearances

without issuing

a walk.

3. Save-oring the

season

The former Providence

High School

player tied for the

league lead with 11

saves.

Jeff Vorva

Sports Editor

It is rare to not see star

hockey player Kendall

Coyne Schofield flash

her million-dollar smile.

The Sandburg graduate

and Olympic gold-medalwinning

hero — who earlier

this year broke down

women’s sports barriers

by competing and holding

her own in the NHL Skills

Fastest Skater Competition

— has enjoyed making

history and winning

huge games.

But there is one topic of

conversation that causes

the smile to disappear

quicker than she skates

around a rink:

Equality of pay — make

that the inequality of pay.

Coyne Schofield signed,

supported and spoke for

a 200-player joint statement

that says the signees

would not compete in

North American professional

hockey leagues this

season.

“The professional

leagues we currently have,

there’s nothing professional

about them,” she said

at an espnW summit in

New York in May. “We’re

making salaries as low as

$2,000, we don’t receive

health insurance and

we don’t have pregame

meals.”

This is not a new fight

for Coyne Schofield. In

2017, she was on a United

States hockey team that

threatened to boycott a

world championship event

in Michigan if its contract

was not improved.

Facing the possibility

of hosting a world-class

event without its talented

home team competing,

USA Hockey struck a lastminute

agreement.

Flash forward to July

2019.

The United States

women’s soccer team,

which has had its share

of pay inequities, had an

inspirational run in the

World Cup and, on July

7, beat the Netherlands

in the championship as

fans chanted “Equal pay!

Equal pay!”

A recent Wall Street

Journal story reported that

the total prize money from

FIFA at the World Cup

was $30 million, and it is

possible it will blossom to

$60 million in four years.

The men’s World Cup last

year gave out $400 million.

It is estimated that

a billion people watched

the women’s cup this year.

WSJ writer Rachel Bachman

did some math and

figured that the men averaged

11 cents per viewer

last year. Applying that

Kendall Coyne Schofield, who recently hosted a charity

golf outing with her husband, Michael, is hoping for a

time when female athletes get fairly paid.

JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

formula to the women,

they would have been paid

$112 million.

That makes the raise to

$60 million pretty puny.

It also makes the $30 million

even punier.

A day after the World

Cup ended, Coyne

Schofield was in Orland

Park with her husband,

Michael, hosting the first

Schofield Family Foundation

Golf Outing at Silver

Lake, and she was very

excited about the USA

triumph.

She also liked hearing

the fan support on the pay

issue.

But she was not

overjoyed that the soccer

team, her hockey team,

and other women’s sports

teams and individuals are

still in this position.

“The numbers are there;

they shouldn’t have to

fight,” she said. “When

are we done fighting?

That’s my question.

“We all fight to try to

make things better in every

sport, but when is the

foundation of women’s

sports done being built?”

It is a slow process. But

with people such as Coyne

Schofield willing to fight

for what is right, changes

could be coming.

Forgetting the pay for a

second, Coyne Schofield

was smiling when talking

about the USA soccer

squad. It brought back

cherished memories of

when she and her teammates

won the hockey

gold in 2018.

“Any time you see anyone

achieve a victory in a

U.S. jersey is just exciting,”

she said. “Knowing

that feeling, you resonate

with it deeply. The

women’s soccer players

are champions on and off

the field. They are laying

the foundation and they

have for years for what we

can be in women’s sports.

They have made a world

believe in women’s sports

and this World Cup was

the epitome of that.

“It’s not just the winning.

It’s their attitude. It’s

their camaraderie, Their

relentlessness. They are

unbelievable. I think we

all look up to them. I’m a

hockey player and I want

our sport to get to the

magnitude of what they

have built.”

LISTEN UP

“I felt like I got a small unfair shake with the Giants and that’s why I’m

here in Joliet to prove myself. All I can do is keep working hard and hope

somebody gives me another shot in the future.”

Ryan Koziol — Orland Park native pitching for the Joliet Slammers

WHAT2WATCH

FOOTBALL

1 p.m. Thursday July 18

• Sandburg and NFL player Michael

Schofield host a Linemen Challenge at

the Orland Park school.

Index

35 - Area sports roundup

35 - Athlete of the Week

Compiled by Sports Editor Jeff Vorva,

j.vorva@22ndcm.com


Orland Park’s Hometown Newspaper | July 18, 2019

FIGHT FOR EQUAL PAY

Vorva talks with local hero Coyne

Schofield about lack of equal pay

in women’s sports, Page 39

KEEPING UP WITH

JONES Sandburg grad

heading to Valparaiso after great

junior college career, Page 36

Orland Park’s Koziol has big

first half as Slammers closer

after being released by MLB’s

Giants, Page 38

Joliet Slammers

reliever Ryan

Koziol, of Orland

Park, delivers a

pitch in the rain

earlier this season.

He tied for the

Frontier League

lead with 11 saves

before the All-Star

break. THE JOLIET

SLAMMERS

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