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vacant residency investigator role to stop

non-resident enrollment, Page 3

Digging in for another year

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each day of the Taste of Orland Park, plenty of

photos, Page 21

Time to hit the books

First installment of 2019 Education

Guide can help area residents get

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‘Frogman’ during World War II, now residing

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John Barkowski is pictured in full “Frogman” attire while on the USS Balduck in

the Pacific during his service with the United States Navy during World War II. He

resides at Evergreen Senior Living. Photo submitted

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Night Owl Storytime

6:30 p.m. Aug. 8, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Children

birth-47 months with a

parent or adult caregiver.

Join us for soothing tales

and songs.

FRIDAY

Summer’s End Fest & Color

Battles w/ DJ Crestline

7:30-10:30 p.m. Aug. 9,

The Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court. Teens

grades 7-12 can grab a

team color and work together

to participate in

challenges ranging from

the best mixed media portrait

in the open Art Studio

to a human scavenger

hunt. Free chicken tenders

from PDQ. DJ Crestline is

to perform. This is a free

event. For more information.

call (708) 532-0500

or visit www.thebridgete

encenter.org.

SATURDAY

Volunteens End of Summer

Party

5:30 p.m. Aug. 10, Orland

Park Public Library,

14921 S. Ravinia Ave. Students

grades 6-12 can sign

up at the teen or youth services

desk to earn service

hours by helping with End

of Summer Reading Party.

Limit 15.

MONDAY

DIY Drop-In: Bean Art

7 p.m. Aug. 12, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. For adults.

Craft supplies provided.

No registration required,

but space is limited.

TUESDAY

Archery

2-4:30 p.m. Aug. 13,

The Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court. Teens

grades 7-12 can shoot a

bow and arrow, and practice

target accuracy at

an indoor archery range.

Signed waiver required.

This is a free event. For

more information, call

(708) 532-0500 or visit

www.thebridgeteencenter.

org.

Culinary: Steak Medallions

& Pineapple Ice Cream

3-4:30 p.m. Aug. 13, The

Bridge Teen Center, 15555

S. 71st Court. Teens grades

7-12 can choose the perfect

steak and grill it to a medium-well

perfection, plus

grill pineapple slices and

serve with ice cream. This

is a free event. For more information,

call (708) 532-

0500 or visit www.thebri

dgeteencenter.org.

Volunteens Getting Ready

for Kindergarten

3:45 p.m. Aug. 13-15,

Orland Park Public Library,

14921 S. Ravinia

Ave. Students grades 6-12

can sign up at the teen or

youth services desk to earn

service hours by helping at

the Getting Ready for Kindergarten

program. Limit

4.

Let’s Get Ready for

Kindergarten

4 p.m. Aug. 13-15, Orland

Park Public Library,

14921 S. Ravinia Ave.

Children entering kindergarten

in the fall of 2019

can get a head start building

skills for school success.

Children will learn

what to expect from their

first day of class, as well

as learn some kindergarten

basics: following directions,

motor skills and

math concepts. At the end

of each session, parents

will receive a handout to

help practice at home to

continue building kindergarten

confidence. Limit

20.

Guardianship or Power of

Attorney

7 p.m. Aug, 13, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. For adults.

Amy Delaney will be on

hand to help with any

questions people may have

regarding the guardianship

of a loved one.

WEDNESDAY

Project Serve: Litter Pick

4-5:15 p.m. Aug. 14,

The Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court. Teens

grades 7-12 can clean the

surrounding property and

help preserve it for years

to come. Community service

hours given. This is

a free event. For more information,

call (708) 532-

0500 or visit www.thebri

dgeteencenter.org.

Card Games & Cereal Bar

5-6 p.m. Aug. 14, The

Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court. Teens

grades 7-12 can play fun

card games with Bridge

friends, as well as enjoy

a spread of crunchy and

sweet cereal, granola and

fresh fruits. This is a free

event. For more information,

call (708) 532-0500

or visit www.thebridgete

encenter.org.

UPCOMING

Video Lab: Small Screen

Magic

2:30-5 p.m. Aug. 15,

The Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court. Teens

grades 7-12 can create

imaginative videos with

our friends at the Apple

Store! Use the illusion of

teleporting, disappearing

and other visual tricks.

This is a free event. For

more information, call

(708) 532-0500 or visit

www.thebridgeteencenter.

org.

Coffee and Conversation

10 a.m.-noon Thursday,

Aug. 22, Orland Fire Protection

District Administration

Board Room, 9790

W. 151st St. Free blood

pressure checks. No registration

needed. Free giveaways,

coffee, snacks and

education. The month’s

topic is “Dr. Colleen Morley

- How to complete the

‘POLST’ form?” Sponsored

by Aishling Companion

Home Care.

Orland Park Labor Day

Concert

4-9 p.m. Sunday, Sept.

1, Centennial Park West,

153rd Street and 108th

Avenue. 4-5 p.m. Taking

Back Emo, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Serendipity and 7-9 p.m.

52nd Street.

Veterans Golf Classic

8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept.

10, Silver Lake Country

Club, 14700 S. 82nd Ave.

Proceeds benefit the Orland

Park Veterans’ Commission.

Special guest:

Medial of Honor recipient

Allen Lynch. 8:30 a.m.

check-in for golf. 3 p.m.

dinner. Prices: Golf and

dinner $150, golf only

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Podiatry Screening

9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday,

Sept. 18, Orland

Township, 14807 South

Ravinia Ave., Orland Park.

To schedule an appointment,

call (708) 403-4222.

Orland Park Brewfest

6-10 p.m. Saturday,

Sept. 21, Crescent Park,

9705 W. 142nd St. 21 and

older. Ticketed event. Performances:

6 p.m. CK and

the Gray (rock/variety),

8 p.m. Fletcher Rockwell

(rock/country). Attendees

can talk with brewers;

sample craft beer, whiskey

and wine; enjoy food and

entertainment. Ticket includes

20 tasting tickets,

souvenir glass, dinner and

dessert by City Barbeque.

Ticket prices vary based

on when they are purchased.

For more information,

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Drivers’ Safety Class

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 6

and 7, Orland Township,

14807 South Ravinia Ave.,

Orland Park, Board Room.

This two-day class is designed

to help other drivers

improve their skills and

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New D135 committee looks to residency investigator to curb non-resident enrollment

Officials have

disenrolled 20

students over past

two years

Will O’Brien

Freelance Report

Orland School District

135’s newly created board

advisory committees have

started getting to work, and

the hiring of a residency

investigator was among

the first topics one of the

groups tackled.

The Policy and Personnel

Advisory Committee

held its first meeting July

15 and discussed filling the

district’s vacated residency

investigator role. D135 had

employed such a professional

— tasked with investigating

suspected cases

of non-residency — since

July 2017, but the individual

resigned in June, according

to John Bryk, D135’s

interim superintendent.

The committee, which

makes recommendations to

the full School Board, talked

about options for filling

the position, which also

could include the hiring

of a firm, Bryk said. The

board may vote on the matter

within the next month.

The five advisory committees

were formed in

June in response to community

calls for transparency,

Bryk said. The groups —

communications, finance

and operations, teaching

and learning, and technology

are the other focuses

— include community residents,

district parents, staff,

school board members

and administrators. They

were established to bring

more points of view to the

district’s decision-making

“The goal is to prevent nonresidents from

receiving district services that are supported

by taxpaying residents. Nonresident students

enrolled in our district take educational and

extracurricular services and opportunities away

from district residents who pay property taxes.”

John Byrk — D135 interim superintendent, on using a residency

investigator

process, Bryk said.

“There are a lot of people

in our district with expertise

that can benefit the

district,” Bryk said.

By Aug. 6, all of the

committees were expected

to have conducted their

first meetings, and several

had scheduled their second,

Bryk said. The initial

gatherings were largely

used as an opportunity for

introductions, review of

procedures and “building

a group dynamic,” he said.

The agenda for the Policy

and Personnel committee’s

first meeting was

light, but the group spent

a portion of the evening

weighing options for residency

investigation.

D135 has 5,203 students

and, over the past two

years, its residency investigator

confirmed 20 cases

of out-of-district students

being enrolled, Bryk said.

All of the students were

withdrawn.

Having an investigator

on staff or partnering with

an investigative firm is a

good way to ensure taxpayer

dollars are being protected,

Bryk said.

“The goal is to prevent

nonresidents from receiving

district services that

are supported by taxpaying

residents,” Bryk wrote

in an email to The Orland

Park Prairie. “Nonresident

students enrolled in our district

take educational and

extracurricular services and

opportunities away from

district residents who pay

property taxes.”

Numerous neighboring

districts — including Oak

Lawn, Warren Township,

Plainfield and Homewood-

Flossmoor — employ investigators,

as well.

Before having an investigator

on staff, D135 handled

such matters through

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John Barkowski is

one of two living

UDT-23 veterans

Amanda Del Buono

Freelance Reporter

In the early- to mid-

1940s, military service

was a part of life for

America’s young men. As

the Second World War was

waged, it was their duty to

serve their country.

“I had to get in line with

the rest of the guys,” said

John Barkowski, a United

States Navy “Frogman”

who served during World

War II and is one of two

remaining members of

his platoon, Underwater

Demolition Team 23, or

UDT-23.

Barkowski, now 93

years old, lives at Evergreen

Senior Living in

Orland Park. Regularly

seen sporting one of four

U.S. Navy-themed hats,

Barkowski remains proud

and humbled by the role

he played in the war effort.

Despite his battle with

dementia, the memories

of his time in the military

have, for the most part, remained.

With the help of

a couple of his daughters,

Orland Park resident Susan

Mackanin and Darien

resident Ellen Gniadecki,

and a manuscript he dictated

to Mackanin several

years ago, he can recall the

stories of his time in the

service.

John Barkowski became a member of the United States Navy when he was 18, during

World War II, saying, “I had to get in line with the rest of the guys.” He’s is pictured

here at Naval Station Great Lakes. Photo submitted

Early experiences

Born April 2, 1926, in

Summit, Barkowski was

raised during the Great

Depression, which began

when he was just a child.

Only a few years later,

the second World War began

and became a part of

everyday life for many

Americans.

In fact, it became an intimate

part of Barkowski’s

life when he was in high

school. In the early 1940s,

Barkowski was in school at

Chicago Vocational High

School. One day, a group

of gentlemen came into

the shop classroom to find

students who were able to

best use a lathe. Barkowski

was among them and

was enlisted to help on the

Manhattan Project, he and

his daughters said.

After being selected,

Barkowski remembers

having to undergo an FBI

background check as a

teenager.

“They interviewed my

whole neighborhood,”

he said. “They wanted to

know if I was a communist

or not. They wanted to

make sure I was an American

citizen.”

After being chosen, Barkowski

would leave school

halfway through the day

and travel to the University

of Chicago, where he

cut rare materials.

“We worked with a

bunch of rare materials for

the War Department,” he

said. “The scientists would

use the materials that we

would cut up into various

sizes and shapes, and

they would experiment on

them. Some were radioactive.

If you chucked them

up in the lathe and made

too deep of a cut or something

like that, it would

incinerate and go into a

flame, and you’d have to

evacuate the laboratory

because the smoke was

terrible.”

Becoming a ‘Frogman’

Because of his fading

memory and minimal documentation,

Barkowski is

unclear if he enlisted himself

or was drafted into the

military. Regardless, he

reported to Naval Station

“We looked like frogs, with fins

on our feet and face masks on

our face. We had a safety belt.

We had an underwater slate; we

could write down whatever we

found on our reconnaissance.

... And then you’d turn it all

in to the commanding officer,

and then they’d prepare for the

invasion.”

John Barkowski — World War II ‘Frogman,’ on

the nature of his service

Great Lakes in August of

1944 at the age of 18 years

old. After boot camp, Barkowski

entered the Navy

with a rank of apprentice

seamen, second class,

and was assigned to Fort

Pierce, Florida, according

to his manuscript.

A sudden reassignment

to the chow hall left Barkowski

unhappy with his

job. It was because of this

that Barkowski found his

way into the UDT, more

commonly known as

“Frogmen” during World

War II, he said.

One weekend, Barkowski

was given a liberty pass,

which allowed him to

leave his base. On his way

back, the bus broke down,

and he was AWOL returning.

When he finally made

it back, he immediately

reported to the chow hall

and began his daily work,

he said.

“I was in the galley,

cleaning my pots and pans

and stuff, and the chief

came in and says ‘You’re

late; you’re going to go

and see the captain,’ and

I says, ‘I’d rather see him

than you,’” Barkowski

said. “So, he gave me a

shove into the pots and

pans, and I got up and I

gave him a punch in his

nose and knocked him

down. … I went to the officer

of the base, and I told

him the story, and he says,

‘We’re looking for guys

like you.’ And that’s when

I volunteered to join Underwater

Demolition.”

From that point on, Barkowski

was a part of the

UDT-23 aboard the USS

Balduck (APD-132). He

received the rank of Gunner

Mate 2 and was transferred

several times — to

Miami, Guam and Okinawa.

He said his missions

often included the mapping

of underwater tundra,

documenting the depth

of the water and currents,

and handling explosives in

preparation for invasions.

“I did the same thing

as the rest of the guys,”


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for one of World War II’s ‘Frogmen’

he said. “We swam a lot,

made reconnaissance and

handled a lot of explosives.

We swam into beaches and

eliminated a bunch of obstacles.”

The UDT teams led the

way as the first United

States troops in new territory,

clearing the path for

the Marines who followed,

Barkowski said. Dubbed

“Frogmen,” UDTs wore

only a swimsuit, face mask

and flippers, and would

eventually become what

we know as the Navy

SEALs today.

“We looked like frogs,

with fins on our feet and

face masks on our face,”

he said. “We had a safety

belt. We had an underwater

slate; we could write

down whatever we found

on our reconnaissance.

We’d put down the depths

of water, currents, obstacles

that you came across.

There might be a hedgehog,

which would be like

a rocky mountain coming

out of the ocean, and you

plotted all those things

down, and then you’d turn

it all in to the commanding

officer, and then they’d

prepare for the invasion.”

When the war came to

an end with the atomic

bombs dropped on Hiroshima

and Nagasaki in

1945, Barkowski was on

board the USS Balduck on

the way to Japan. The ship

received the orders to turn

around and dump all of the

explosives they had into

the ocean, Mackanin said.

For the last leg of his

military career after the

war’s end, Barkowski was

sent to Alaska for four

months, where he was

tasked with bringing a base

back to Navy regulations,

Mackanin said. On June 6,

“He is so humble. He was never

looking for praise. The only

reason why I found out he

was in the service was because

his doctor told me, and his

daughter told his doctor that,

and it just kind of came out.

He’s not looking for any thanks.”

Joe Dwyer — Medtronic employee who interacts

with John Barkowski regularly

1946, Barkowski was sent

back to Great Lakes and

discharged from the Navy.

Post-war life of success,

family

After Barkowski left the

Navy in 1946, he enrolled

in college to study civil

engineer using the GI Bill.

He began his education

at Wilson Junior College

and transferred to Kalamazoo

and again to Bradley,

where he graduated in

1951.

After graduation, he

embarked on a successful

career, working for Chicago’s

highway department

and playing a role in

several notable construction

projects, such as the

city’s McCormick Place,

Gniadecki said.

In the 1950s, he took a

position as the layout engineer

for the archdiocese

at the Queen of Heaven

Catholic Cemetery in Hillside,

designing, surveying

and laying out Catholic

cemeteries. In fact, he

was tasked with plotting

the space for nearly 100

children, along with two

nuns, who perished in the

Our Lady of Angels fire in

1958.

It was while working

there that he met his future

wife, Mary, in 1955.

“She was the receptionist

at Queen of Heaven,”

he said. “Every time I

called the cemetery, I had

to go through her,”

After six months of dating,

they married on Oct.

15, 1955. Although the

marriage did not last, the

couple had seven children

and raised them in Oak

Park until 1966, when they

moved to the South Side of

Chicago.

“You can tell he was

a very good father; he’s

always talking about his

kids,” said Joe Dwyer,

noting he met all seven of

Barkowski’s children over

the past 15 years of caring

for him. “Just a good family

man, just a great guy.”

Dwyer works for

Medtronic, the company

that made Barkowski’s

pacemaker, and he regularly

consults with Barkowski

and his doctor.

On Jan. 5, 1988, Barkowski

retired. A single

man, he enjoyed his retire-

Now 93, Barkowski is regularly seen sporting one of four U.S. Navy-themed hats

at Evergreen Senior Living in Orland Park, where he lives. Barkowski is one of two

remaining Underwater Demolition Team 23 Navy veterans.

Amanda Del Buono/22nd Century Media

ment in a cabin in Ojibwa,

Wisconsin, now affectionately

called “The Chip” by

the family.

“He had many years of

happy retirement in Ojibwa,

Wisconsin,” Mackanin

said.

Barkowski spent his retirement

enjoying nature

and being active in his local

church, his daughters said.

“He loved the smalltown

atmosphere,”

Gniadecki said “He liked

people who were kind of

unattached to things. He

was involved in local parishes

in Wisconsin and

Florida. He was involved

with the Knights of Columbus

out in Oak Park

when he was there, and the

Holy Name Society. … He

loved to lead rosary groups

at churches. … He just really

enjoyed the serenity

and the local people.”

He stayed at “The Chip”

during the summer and

traveled to Florida during

the winter until around

2010. Then, he moved in

with Gniadecki, where he

lived until he moved to

Evergreen Senior Living

two years ago.

To this day, Barkowski

is humble about his eventful

life. A devout Catholic,

he did what was necessary

at the time and tried to live

a faithful life, his daughters

said.

“He has a tremendous

devotion to the Blessed

Mother,” Gniadecki said.

Dwyer said that through

many conversations, he has

grown to know Barkowski

quite well. Dwyer, who

holds Barkowski in high

esteem, noted Barkowski’s

nonchalance about his service

and himself.

“He is so humble,” Dwyer

said. “He was never

looking for praise. The

only reason why I found

out he was in the service

was because his doctor

told me, and his daughter

told his doctor that, and

it just kind of came out.

He’s not looking for any

thanks.”


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Business Briefs

Orland Park DreamMaker

wins top national award

for trust, again

For the second year in a

row, DreamMaker Bath &

Kitchen of Orland Park has

been named one of the Top

60 home remodelers in the

country and awarded one

of the highest customer satisfaction

and trust scores by

GuildQuality, an independent

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residency

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central office staff, Bryk

said. Investigating and disenrolling

can be drawn-out

processes and is often best

handled by professionals

trained in those specific

tasks, he said.

Most cases of suspected

non-residency are brought

to the district’s attention

by concerned community

members or staff who spot

things that do not look

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DreamMaker Bath &

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which has been serving

the area since 1991, has a

GuildQuality “All-Time

Recommendation” rating

of 98 percent. This franchise

also won the award

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a “Guildmaster with Highest

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Each year, GQ collects

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Trust is the No. 1 factor

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quite right — a car dropping

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Bryk said.

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Raymond Homolka convicted of

murdering his wife in Orland Park

Bill Jones, Editor

Raymond Homolka was

found guilty last week of

murdering his wife, Mary,

in 2017 at their Orland

Park home.

Judge Steven J. Rosenblum

convicted Homolka

on eight counts of murder

at the conclusion of a

trial at the Cook County

Courthouse for the Fifth

Municipal District in

Bridgeview.

Mary Homolka, 60,

was found dead Feb. 10,

2017, inside the garage

of the couple’s residence

at 14000 Sheri Lane, after

Orland Park police were

called there for a well-being

check. Her death was

ruled a homicide the following

day by the Cook

County Medical Examiner’s

Office, with a single

gunshot wound to the

head listed as the cause of

death.

Raymond Homolka,

then 60, was charged the

day of the ruling with

first-degree murder.

He is next to appear before

Judge Rosenblum on

Sept. 11, though a spokesperson

from the Cook

County State’s Attorney’s

Office said they are not

certain the sentencing will

take place that day.

Chicago Soldiers golf outing slated for Aug. 17

Submitted by Chicago

Soldiers

Chicago Soldiers has

selected Orland Park resident

Phil Bell as its 2019

recipient. United States

Army veteran Phil Bell

and his wife, Amy, live

in Orland Park with their

Raymond Homolkac. Photo submitted

three dogs. Phil was seriously

injured from an IED

blast in 2006. To this day,

Phil struggles from the

explosion with shrapnel

which heavily damaged

his body and caused brain

damage.

On Saturday, Aug. 19,

100 percent of the proceeds

from the annual

Chicago Soldiers golf

outing are to be given

to Phil.

Dan Drew, an Orland

Park resident and father

of four children, founded

Chicago Soldiers with his

wife, Janelle, in 2011.

Chicago Soldiers is a notfor-profit

organization.

The outing is set to begin

at 8 a.m. It is to be followed

by the Patriotic Party

at 1 p.m. It takes place

at Meadows Golf Course

in Blue Island

For more information,

visit www.ChicagoSol

diers.org.

Golf outing to raise funds for victims of domestic violence

Submitted by Crisis Center

for South Suburbia

On Tuesday, Aug. 13,

nonprofit Crisis Center

for South Suburbia is to

host the annual Dianne

Masters Cup Charity Golf

Outing at Silver Lake

Country Club in Orland

Park.

The event pays tribute

to the Crisis Center’s

founder, Dianne Masters,

who would have celebrated

her 73rd birthday last

month.

Masters established

a crisis hotline in the

kitchen of her home to

help victims of domestic

violence. In 1982, she lost

her life at the hands of her

husband, but those closest

to her strengthened their

resolve to continue the

mission.

Today, the organization,

which is celebrating

its 40th anniversary, continues

to honor Masters

legacy by partnering with

the community to provide

safety, strength and hope

to more than 2,000 victims

of domestic violence

each year.

In addition to a 9

a.m. shotgun start for

the 18-hole course, the

event also features an

afternoon 9-hole option

on Silver Lake’s Rolling

Hills. After golf,

guests can enjoy cocktails

and dinner, along

with raffles and auction

items.

To learn more about

the event visit crisisctr.

org/events/golf or contact

Lorri Nagle at (708) 429-

7255.

Silver Lake Country

Club is located at 14700

S. 82nd Ave. in Orland

Park.

The Crisis Center for

South Suburbia provides

free emergency shelter,

housing, counseling, advocacy,

outreach and prevention

services to adults

and children who are

victims of domestic violence.

For more information,

visit www.crisisctr.

org.

Police Reports

Retail employee’s sketchy

scanning allegedly leads to

theft of items by co-worker

Jasmina J. Edmond, 19,

of 354 Osage St. in Park

Forest, and Kendall K.

Pollard, 24, of 7420 Ridgefield

Lane in Tinley Park,

each were charged July

5 with one count of retail

theft after they allegedly

worked together to take

items valued at $378.77 at

a store where they worked

on Orland Park Place.

Edmond was working

the register when Pollard

approached it, police

said. On video, it appeared

items were not scanned

correctly, as some were

scanned and then deleted,

according to the report.

July 9

• The passenger-side rear

door handle of a 2017

Lexus NX was reportedly

removed from the vehicle

while it was parked

outside of Home Depot,

7300 W. 159th Street. It

was found on the ground

next to the driver’s side

of the vehicle, police said.

Video reportedly captured

another vehicle pulling

up alongside of the NX,

someone reaching out

from the driver’s side of

that vehicle and pull on

the door handle before

leaving.

July 4

• A female suspect reportedly

returned items valued

at $129.80 she grabbed

from the shelf at a store

at Orland Square. She reportedly

took the items

into a fitting room, and

then approached a register

to made the return. Security

sensors for the items

were found on a bench in

the fitting room after the

fact, police said. Police are

seeking the suspect.

July 3

• A woman reportedly returned

stolen items valued

at $164.43 for $190.34

(with tax) in store credit at

a business on Orland Park

Place. She did not have a

receipt but provided an Illinois

driver’s license with

a name redacted in the

report. The items were reported

stolen the day prior

at a store of the same brand

in Kildeer.

She then met another

woman inside of the store,

and the two selected items,

with the second woman

taking them into a dressing

room, concealing them in

a bag and leaving the store

without paying for the

items, police said.

Police reportedly are

seeking both suspects.

July 2

• Two tires and their rims

were reported stolen from

a 2019 Honda Civic CRX

Del Sol parked in a lot

outside of a dealership in

the 8300 block of 159th

Street. The rear quarter

panel of the vehicle also

was damaged from the vehicle

being placed on the

curb without wheels, police

said.

Editor’s note: The Orland

Park Prairie’s police reports

come from the Orland Park

Police Department. Anyone

listed in these reports is considered

to be innocent of all

charges until proven guilty in

a court of law.


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Photo Op

THANK YOU FOR VOTING US

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THREE YEARS IN A ROW!!!

WHAT MAKES TINLEY COURT

DIFFERENT THEN ALL THE REST?

Our unique lifestyle of Catered Senior Living.

This week’s Photo Op was sent in May by Chris Tesmond, of Orland Park, via

email. “Friends and family and geese sales at Penny Orland Square Mall,”

Tesmond wrote.

Have you captured something unique, interesting, beautiful or just plain fun on camera? Submit

a photo for “Photo Op” by emailing it to bill@opprairie.com, or mailing it to 11516 W. 183rd

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Yoda

Lupe Delapaz

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His name is Yoda

and he’s 6 years old.

Likes to have his

chest scratched. If he

hears someone at the

door, he quickly picks

up one of this toys to

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his toy. In this picture,

he is going for his

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For over 36 years, Joliet Area Community

Hospice (JACH) has provided

compassionate care to terminally ill

adults and children, and their families,

without regard to economic status. Joliet

Area Community Hospice, a not-forprofit

501(c)(3) organization established

in 1982, is state licensed, Medicare/

Medicaid certified and serves the Will,

Grundy, Kendall, LaSalle, Livingston and

portions of Cook, DuPage and Kankakee

counties.

No one in need of the services JACH

provides is ever turned away due to their

inability to pay. With the top priority

being “quality patient care,” JACH

makes every effort to meet the physical,

psychological, environmental, social,

spiritual, and emotional needs of the

patient and his or her family as they face

the end of life.

Since the first patient was admitted

in April of 1983, more than 32,000

Pictured: Members of the JACH Board, leadership, Campaign Steering Committee chairs and honorary chairs along with

Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce representative, and various construction contractors make the first dig towards the

addition and renovation project at the April 24th ground breaking ceremony.

patients have spent their final days and

months in greater comfort because of the

expert quality patient care that JACH’s

interdisciplinary teams provide. In

2018 alone, JACH served 2,006 hospice

patients in nursing homes, long term care

facilities, their personal residence and in

our inpatient unit.

In May 2004, Joliet Area Community

Hospice proudly opened the doors to the

first free-standing hospice home inpatient

unit in Illinois. Today the structure

remains a sound, well-built facility that

has served the community well. What

we have learned since 2004 is that there

is a need in our inpatient unit for more

private family space, a larger commercial

kitchen, the need for families to have

separate cooking and dining space other

than the commercial kitchen, and the

desire to have our professional staff

much closer to our patients and families

throughout all hours of the day.

for palliative care and hospice services

will increase. According to census

information, by 2050 the proportion of

the U.S. population age 85 and over is

projected to triple to almost 18 million,

or 4.5% of the population (from under

2% in 2012). Because of this growth,

JACH is adding four more patient rooms,

raising capacity from 16 to 20 beds.

State Rep. Natalie Manley (D-Joliet)

spearheaded legislation in spring of

2018 to increase the capacity of all

Illinois hospice inpatient units, which is

governed by state laws. It quickly passed

the House and Senate without opposition

with the support of Sen. Jennifer Bertino-

Tarrant (D) and was signed into law in

August 2018.

continued on next page...

Aerial view of the proposed new addition to the Hospice

Home Inpatient unit.

The National Hospice and Palliative Care

Organization states that hospice cares for

over 1.65 million Americans every year.

As the U.S. population ages, the need

IL State Representative, Natalie Manley (D-Joliet) waved

to guests at the JACH Ground breaking April 24, 2019.

Real People Real Care Your Family


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Ways to Invest in

the Remembering

from the Heart

Campaign

Guests at the Ground Breaking Ceremony listen intently to new plans and renovations of the Hospice Home Inpatient Unit.

This year we publicly launched the

“Remembering from the Heart” capital

campaign to expand and renovate the

Hospice Home inpatient unit, while

remembering the many people and gifts

that made it possible approximately 16

years ago. A new twelve-room addition

and renovations to the existing structure

will improve the patient and family

experience by creating an enlarged,

brighter and more efficient, refreshed

environment to help create meaningful

moments for patients and families.

Moments that are always remembered

by those closest to them, even with

the passage of time, are the moments

surrounding the birth and death of people

we love. These capital improvements

are designed to provide the best possible

environment for patients and families

for the best possible moments. Making

all the moments - from entering the

hospice home in-patient unit to leaving

after a loved one dies – the best they can

possibly be. Every aspect of our plan

focuses on the goal of maintaining a

dignified and comfortable quality of life,

by creating as many of the comforts of

home as possible.

If you would like more information

or would like to be a part of our

Remembering from the Heart

campaign with a gift, please contact

our Development Office at 815-531-

3553. Thank you for your advocacy and

support. If we can be of assistance to you

or a loved one, please contact us.

Mary K. Sheehan,

RN, MSN, MBA, CEO

815-740-4104

It will take many empathetic

hearts to give the $3.5 million+

needed to renovate and improve

the Hospice Home inpatient

unit. Thank you for considering

a gift to JACH.

• Gifts may be made in cash, securities

or by ACH transfer

• Gifts can be made through a secure

online portal at joliethospice.org or

mailed to JACH Development Office,

250 Water Stone, Joliet, IL 60431

• Gifts can include bequests, real

estate, life insurance and other

personal property

• Matching gifts through your employer

can double, or even triple your gift

• Pledges are encouraged and may be

extended over a three-year period

• Your gift may be made in honor or in

memory of someone

• Naming opportunities are available

• Gifts are tax deductible to the extent

allowed by law

Remembering from the Heart Campaign Co-chair Terry

D’Arcy addresses the guests at the ground breaking

ceremony of the Hospice Home Inpatient Unit as Co-chair

Michael Rittof and JACH CEO, Mary K. Sheehan look on.

(Not pictured: Campaign Co-Chair Thomas Vana)

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Chicago Vocational School’s 55th Class

Reunion to take place in Orland Park

Staff Report

The Class of 1964 from

Chicago Vocational High

School recently announced

plans for its 55th Class Reunion

in Orland Park.

School News

Lawrence University

Two from Orland Park

earn degrees

More than 330 Lawrence

University graduates

received their diplomas in

a spring commencement

ceremony.

The class is to celebrate

at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17,

at Traverso’s, 15601 Harlem

Ave. in Orland Park.

Members of the Class of

1963 or 1965 who want to

attend should call Carol or

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FROM THE TINLEY JUNCTION

Marketer recognized for

decade-long contributions

to Professional Women’s

Network

Almost 10 years ago,

when working as the executive

director of public

relations and marketing

for Prairie State College,

Jennifer Stoner was invited

by her boss to attend

a meeting of the Professional

Women’s Network,

not knowing exactly what

to expect.

On July 30, the South

Suburban organization

honored the Tinley Park

resident and business

owner for her outstanding

contributions to the group

over the past decade. PWN

and Stoner, it turns out,

have been a good fit.

Stoner is a longtime

marketing professional

who, among other places,

worked for Xerox in

West Virginia, Chandler

Hospital in Georgia and

Joliet Junior College before

landing at Prairie

State and, three years ago,

branching out on her own

with J. Stoner Marketing.

In PWN, she has found

a “very supportive, very

collaborative” group of

women “from all sorts of

industries and careers.”

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“It’s a unique networking

group because of the

diversity of the women

who are in it,” Stoner said.

“I’ve found that very appealing.”

She and three other

PWN members were honored

with Ignitor awards

— meant to recognize the

use of “talents and gifts to

inspire others” — at the

organization’s 2019 Summer

Soiree, hosted at the

Glenwoodie Golf Club in

Glenwood.

PWN was started in

2001 with the mission of

providing career advancement

and networking opportunities

specifically to

women in Chicago’s south

suburbs. Stoner said she

wouldd love to see the

group continue to grow in

size and influence.

“There’s a lot of talent

right here in the south suburbs,”

she said.

Reporting by Will O’Brien,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit TinleyJunction.

com.

FROM THE MOKENA MESSENGER

Library celebrates end-ofsummer

reading

As school begins to inch

closer, the Mokena Community

Public Library had

its End of Summer Read

Party on July 30. The

celebration comes at the

end of a seven-week summer

reading program that

brought community members

together at the library

for some summer fun.

The event featured many

attractions for children

and parents to enjoy. With

more than 300 people in attendance,

there were large

lines for a photo booth,

magic show, ice cream

and, of course, books.

Magician Trent James

said although he often

performs in front of large

crowds with lights and a

stage, smaller performances

such as the one at the

library are his favorite.

“I love being able to

see the look on the kids’

faces,” James said. “It really

makes me feel good to

see them smile and interact

with the tricks. I have been

practicing magic since I

was 5 years old, and my

father was an amateur magician.

He sparked my interest

in magic, and if I can

spark something in these

kids I would love that.”

Reporting by Yasmeen Sheikah,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit MokenaMes

senger.com.

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FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND

Resident wins silver medal

for gardening blog and

journalism

Lockport resident

Heather Blackmore brings

a whole new meaning to

multitasking, and she is

winning medals for it.

Earlier this month,

Blackmore, a mother of

two Lockport Township

High School students, received

the 2019 Media

Awards Silver Medal of

Achievement for digital

media, presented by GardenComm:

Garden Communicators

International.

Blackmore went to

school for journalism

and shortly after she began

working for the Daily

Southtown.

“It wasn’t until after I left

my job at the Daily Southtown

to raise my children

that I became a Master Gardener

[with the University

of Illinois Extension Master

Gardener program],”

Blackmore said.

She quickly discovered

her love for gardening.

“It was there that I was

approached by another

Master Gardener as I was

answering the MG help

line and asked if I’d like to

become an assistant scout

to the lead scout for the

Chicago area. I’m currently

a field editor for Better

Homes and Gardens magazines

as well as their special

interest publications.”

Blackmore is an awardwinning

writer and photographer

whose work has

been featured on Good

Morning America, as well

as in many regional and

national publications including

Better Homes and

Gardens, Country Gardens,

Outdoor Spaces, Chicagoland

Gardening and the

Chicago Tribune.

She received the silver

medal of achievement for

her gardening blog, called

“Here She Grows,” which

Blackmore started in 2017.

Reporting by Alex Ivanisevic,

Editor. For more, visit Lock

portLegend.com.

FROM THE HOMER HORIZON

LTHS boys basketball

alumnus to become a Saint

“The rock” is staying

close to home.

Coming off an excellent

all-around season, recent

Lockport Township graduate

Jake Karli will continue

his basketball career right

down the street at the University

of St. Francis in Joliet.

That was not necessarily

Karli’s plan, but he is glad

it worked out that way.

“St. Francis is just the

best option for me to continue

to play basketball,”

Karli said. “But even when

I played there [to open the

past three seasons at the

WJOL Thanksgiving Classic],

that never came to my

mind that it might happen.”

Lockport boys basketball

coach Brett Hespell is glad

that Karli is staying local

and knows the Saints are

getting a gem.

“Jake Karli has been the

rock of our program the

past three seasons,” Hespell

said. “He came up to

the varsity for the playoffs

his freshman year and then

started on varsity his sophomore,

junior and senior

seasons.

“I realize I am biased,

but I believe he was the

best player in the area last

season. Numerous opposing

coaches echoed that

opinion. I am not sure everyone

quite realized just

how much he did for our

team.”

This past season, the

Lockport basketball team

finished with a winning

record for the first time in

seven years. A big reason

was Karli.

Mostly as a point guard,

Karli averaged 11 points,

5.3 assists, 4.9 rebounds

and 1.7 steals per game in

making the All-Conference

team in the SouthWest

Suburban Conference Blue

Division for the secondstraight

season.

Reporting by Randy Whalen,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit HomerHorizon.

com.

FROM THE FRANKFORT STATION

On Pointe dancers win trip

to New York

Four students from the

Frankfort Park District’s

On Pointe dance program

were invited on the trip

of a lifetime in July — a

visit to New York City to

meet and take classes with

Broadway performers and

The Rockettes.

From July 10-15, dancers

Emma Buckley, Jenna

Murino, Sarah Huber and

Taylor Pandell spent an

activity-packed week in

the Big Apple after their

dance group’s winning

performance at the Kids

Artistic Revue competition

in March.

“We did a dance called

‘Beautiful,’” Huber said of

the performance. “It was a

jazz dance. We learned it a

while ago, and it was one

of my favorites. And it was

our last time performing

the dance, so it was special.

... We’ve been doing

it for so long, and it took

a lot of hard work to finish

it.”

Dance instructor Jen

Ward said this is the first

time in the dance program’s

five-year competitive

history that any students

have won the trip to

New York, describing the

award as a “huge opportunity”

for the dancers.

Reporting by Nuria Mathog,

Editor. For more, visit Frank

fortStation.com.


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From the Editor

On sticking with it

BILL JONES

bill@opprairie.com

We all have flaws

as human beings,

and journalists

are not immune.

Converse to the instigator

mentality I championed

last week when it

comes to breaking news

and politics and dealing

with sometimes surly

readers, I have a tendency

to become a bit lax when

it comes to features. It’s

a habit I’ve tried hard to

break over the years, but

at a certain point it’s just

my personality.

I wouldn’t say that

features are “extra” or unimportant;

I think they’re

integral to the balance

of the good newspaper.

They offer readers human

interest angles; deep dives

into the stories of their

neighbors; metaphors and

lessons and sometimes

just good entertainment.

All of that can be incredibly

valuable.

And, quite honestly, I

enjoy writing those kinds

of stories much more than

the news of the moment:

the political columns and

crime and board decisions

that tend to draw my attention

elsewhere.

But features sometimes

don’t necessitate the immediacy

our other coverage

does, and that makes

it easy to put them off,

let them slip through the

cracks and, when a subject

or additional sources

aren’t overly ready and

willing to chat, think

maybe my time is better

spent elsewhere. Frustration

sometimes sets in,

and as a lack of perseverance

is not something I

cannot afford elsewhere, I

allow it in this realm.

This week’s cover story

is proof positive why not

following through is a big

mistake.

Before a former assistant

editor left for

sunnier weather and a

new gig, she told me

about John Barkowski,

a resident of Evergreen

Senior Living, sharing an

email she received about

his incredible story. I was

interested, for sure, but

pressing things forced us

to push it back a little bit,

and then a little bit more.

Then, I assigned it, but

getting family together

for it understandably took

some time.

Freelance Reporter

Amanda Del Buono told

me she wanted to stick

with it. And she was

incredibly happy when

she finally got it done, as

Barkowski is more than

just an “interesting guy.”

As Del Buono herself

put it, “His life really

makes me feel like

I haven’t done anything

with the past 28 years.”

I thought maybe

she was speaking in

hyperbole, but then I read

his story, and it’s hard not

to feel at the very least a

sense of awe when you

finish it. Barkowski was

born in Summit, lived his

childhood through the

Great Depression, worked

on materials related to

the Manhattan Project,

served as a “Frogman”

in the United States

Navy, formed a family,

worked as an engineer

on interesting projects

and much, much more.

But that description only

serves as an outline for

his fantastic story, which I

recommend everyone read

in full on Pages 6-7 this

week.

I like to think most of

the stories we produce are

good, useful reads (or we

wouldn’t be producing

them). But I’d be lying

if I said there isn’t one

that occasionally comes

along and just floors me.

This is one of them. And

I’m happy Amanda saw it

through.

I hope it means something

to you. For me, it

was a strong lesson in the

importance of sticking

with it.

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MOKENA, ILLINOIS, July 25, 2019

— Women’s Healthcare of Illinois,

a practice devoted to providing

comprehensive and exceptional care to

meet the individual needs of patients

in the southwest Chicagoland area

and Northwest Indiana, is offering

nitrous oxide as a pain management

alternative during labor and delivery at

Advocate South Suburban Hospital.

“We couldn’t be more excited about

what this means for our patients,” said

Beth Helme Smith, a certified nurse

midwife with Women’s Healthcare of

Illinois. “Only a handful of hospitals

in the Chicagoland area have this

option, and we will be the first practice

in our geographic area that offers it.

This solidifies our efforts to empower

women to make decisions that meet

their personal needs.”

Nitrous oxide is a colorless, odorless

gas used as an alternative to narcotic

Women’s Healthcare of Illinois to offer

nitrous oxide during labor and delivery

Alternative options for pain management offered at

Advocate South Suburban Hospital

and epidural pain management in labor

and delivery rooms across Canada,

Australia, and the UK. Better known

as the “laughing gas” used in dentists’

offices, nitrous oxide can be used safely

during all stages of labor and after birth

without harming mom or the baby.

Also, unlike its use during dental

procedures, nitrous oxide is selfadministered

under a physician’s

supervision and can be easily

discontinued. This empowers the

patient to control the amount of

medication used and decide if she

wants to try a different method of pain

relief.

“We have always been passionate

about creating a supportive

environment for our patients, and

offering nitrous oxide during childbirth

gives women a safe alternative to the

traditional epidural,” Helme Smith said.

“Our experienced Women’s Healthcare

staff establishes a foundation of open

communication with our patients

throughout pregnancy, and this will

enable us to offer even more ways for

women to feel comfortable.”

The addition of nitrous oxide pain

management is part of a comprehensive

midwifery program offered by Women’s

Healthcare of Illinois in collaboration

with Advocate South Suburban

Hospital.

“Working with Women’s Healthcare

of Illinois is an exciting example of

our ongoing work to enhance the

birthing experience at Advocate South

Suburban Hospital,” said Jennifer

Doerr, clinical nurse manager of the

hospital’s Women and Infants Center.

“Together, we will continue to advance

healthcare and respond to the evolving

needs of women in our community.”

Also, in its efforts to improve the

childbirth experience, Women’s

Healthcare of Illinois will soon begin

offering immersion hydrotherapy as

another method of pain reduction and

relaxation for women during labor.

About Women’s Healthcare of Illinois

Women’s Healthcare of Illinois is

devoted to providing comprehensive

and exceptional care to meet the

individual needs of our patients. We

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We offer a full range of medical care

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Advocate South Suburban Hospital

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Finding faith New

Pastor Column from the

Rev. Michael Foley, plus

the latest briefs, Page 22

Downtown delight Mamma

Onesta’s continues to please diners with its

traditions in Lockport, Page 28

the orland Park Prairie | August 8, 2019 | OPPrairie.com

ABOVE: Sydney Smaga, 11, of

New Lenox, won fan favorite

Friday, Aug. 2, during the Taste

of Orland Park’s Lip Sync

Showdown by performing songs

by Queen and taking on the

persona of Freddie Mercury.

Mary Compton/22nd Century Media

Asher Degroot, of Lockport, sips a root beer float from The Brass Tap on

Saturday, Aug. 3, in the Kids’ Day area of Taste of Orland Park.

Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

RIGHT: Darryl Wertheim,

veterans program coordinator

with the Village of Orland Park’s

Veterans’ Commission, salutes

the flag during the Veterans’

Tribute held Sunday, Aug. 4, at

the Taste of Orland Park. Laurie

Fanelli/22nd Century Media

The Prairie chronicles each day of the Taste of Orland Park, Page 23-25


22 | August 8, 2019 | the orland Park Prairie faith

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Pastor Column

The unsettling power of earthquakes

The Rev. Michael Foley

Our Lady of the Woods

Recently, the news

was filled with

stories of the earthquakes

in California.

Growing up in Chicago,

I never experienced any

significant quake. When

I was living on the West

Coast after college, we

had experienced a significant

quake — at least it

seemed so to me. There

were no deaths, significant

injuries or building damage,

but the ground shook

and the building I was

working in was jolted with

books coming off shelves.

It was very unnerving.

For this Midwesterner

quake gave me a sense

that nothing is truly

secure. I grew up with

weather changes, the

change of seasons, and

even the awareness of

tornados and blizzards.

The one constant, however,

was that the ground

is firm. My experience 40

years ago disabused me of

this falsehood.

It seems that the image

of an earthquake is one

that can describe human

experience at particular

moments. There are

events that rock our world

and leave us unsteady. For

example, as a priest I occasionally

deal with people

who find their structure

of reality collapsing.

It may be the unexpected

divorce after a long marriage,

the discovery of

unfaithfulness or a sudden

death of a loved one. It

may be experienced when

employment is terminated

without notice, an adult

child makes a revelation

that was not expected and

some catastrophe (such

as a home fire) destroys

a lifetime of memories.

These are earthquakes

to heart and to the soul.

What we thought was

stable is no longer so.

As a Catholic priest, I

personally experienced

this in the terrible revelations

of sexual crimes by

some members of the

clergy. I have hesitated

to write about this in the

newspaper (I have shared

with my parishioners)

because many readers

may not be Catholic, and

it is difficult to talk about.

I decided to in light of

the anniversary of the

report by the Pennsylvania

Grand Jury. In the past

year, we have added to

that with reports from the

Me Too movement; the

efforts by the Southern

Baptist convention to address

this scourge, among

others. Too many people

in this world have experienced

the pain of abuse.

At a personal level,

when I was ordained in

1986 I had no idea of the

prevalence of this evil.

Since then, I have dealt

with literally dozens of

individuals who have been

wounded by abuse. Three

of these individuals were

hurt by priests, which

I duly reported. They

were old incidents with

priests dead or previously

removed. More were cases

of abuse were by those in

trusted positions, such as

father, grandfather, coach

or teacher. Even in cases

were the abuse occurred

a half century earlier, the

scars were still fresh for

the victim. When betrayed

by someone they should

trust, the grounding of

their lives became shaky.

As a priest, the thought

that someone with the

title “father” would do

this is disturbing, and that

Church leadership was so

slow to react is shameful.

That is how I feel.

For me, the revelations

of the early 20th century

and then the publicity

in the last year has been

an earthquake. My own

sense of institutional trust

is limited, even though

I know a great deal has

been done to prevent

this. I know this is true

of many who believe in

Christ and the church.

None of their pain is as

great as those who have

been directly wounded.

How do we survive an

earthquake, I ask myself?

We need institutions,

and sadly our culture is

very distrustful of them.

We need hospitals, even

though they may fail. We

need schools, even though

they cannot educate everyone

perfectly. We need

families, even though

many families have their

own struggles. We need

churches to allow community

to form and the

Gospel to be preached.

Yet, church leaders and

membership fail, as well.

How do we survive an

earthquake? We survive

by knowing the values we

must live by and keeping

them in front of us

always. We rebuild with

greater awareness of the

weak points and make

the changes needed. We

survive by being vigilant

and prepared. We survive

by supporting each other.

The same is true for

those whose world has

been shaken by personal

tragedy of any kind or

whose trust in how the

world operates is damaged.

Know the values

that truly matter and hold

tight. Find support where

it is needed. And rebuild.

The opinions of this column

are those of the writer. They

do not necessarily reflect

those of The Orland Park

Prairie.

FAITH BRIEFS

Church of the Transfiguration Episcopal

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

Blessing of Backpacks

10 a.m. Sunday, Aug.

18. Children preschool

through college are invited

to participate. Complimentary

childcare provided.

For more information, call

(708) 448-1200.

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 to neighbors,

friends, cancer units, hospice,

the food pantry and

neonatal units. The group

also meets six times a year

in the evening. For more

information, contact Donna

at (708) 403-2122.

Southwest Seventh Day Adventist

Church (15760 Wolf Road, Orland

Park)

Worship

10 a.m. Saturday

St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church

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

Rosary Prayer Group

9:30 a.m. every Tuesday

and Thursday. The Rosary

Prayer Group gathers in

the church after mass to

offer intentions with the

intercession of Mary, and

pray the decades of the rosary

while contemplating

the scenes of our Lord’s

life, death and resurrection.

Ashburn Baptist Church (153rd Street

and Wolf Road, Orland Park)

Teen Programs

7 p.m. Wednesdays;

9:45 a.m., 5 p.m. Sundays

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.

Power Fitness

7-8 p.m. Tuesdays and

Thursdays. This free event

is a 60-minute class that

will strengthen and tone

your muscles from head

to toe for adult men and

women. Class will include

a warm-up segment, muscle-specific

exercises, abdominal

work, balancing

and stretching. All exercises

will have modifications

for different fitness levels.

Orland Park Christian Reformed Church

(7500 W. Sycamore Drive, Orland Park)

Family Classics Car Show

5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday,

Sept. 11. Car show including

classic cars, trucks,

motorcycles and hot rods;

“touch-a-truck” for the

children; and great food.

Dinner by donation. Proceeds

benefit Orland Park

Christian Preschool. For

more information or to

register a car for free, visit

www.orlandchurch.com.

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

(15050 S. Wolf Road, Orland Park)

Religious Education

Program: New Family

Registration

New family registration

runs 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday,

RE Office

at the St. Francis Center

(on the hill). Families can

register their children in

grades 1-8 for religious

education classes that begin

in September. Parents

should bring the child’s

Baptism certificate. Afterhours

appointments will

be available. Call for an

appointment. For more information,

call the office

at (708) 460-0155 or visit

www.sfaorland.org.

Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Editor Bill

Jones at bill@opprairie.com

or call (708) 326-9170 ext.

20. Information is due by

noon on Thursdays one week

prior to publication.


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Lip Sync Showdown returns on Day 1 of Taste of Orland Park

Entertainment,

food take center

stage at Village’s

big summer bash

Mary Compton

Freelance Reporter

Orland Park could not

have ordered up a more

perfect opening night for

the Taste of Orland Park.

Hundreds of Orland

Park residents and their

guests sat on blankets,

listening to country band

Cowboy Jukebox open up

the main stage on Friday,

Aug 2.

“We like to come for the

music and the food,” said

Colleen Kowalski, of Orland

Park.

She and her husband,

Brian, have been attending

the Taste for 10 years.

They now have two children

who join them.

“We enjoyed dinner tonight,

eating various food

from City Barbeque, Mo’s

Chinese Kitchen and RoccoVino’s,”

Colleen said.

While attendees were

enjoying dinner and dessert,

the return of the popular

Lip Sync Showdown

was being held on the

community stage. Children

from ages 4 to preteen

popped, jumped and

did cartwheels, as they lip

synced to popular artists.

Sydney Smaga, of New

Lenox, channeled the likes

of Freddie Mercury. Moving

in a theatrical style,

Sydney brought a stage

persona that earned her a

fan favorite win.

“I did Freddie because

he had a nice vibe,” Smaga

explained.

She took part in the Lip

Sync Showdown last year,

and said being in five plays

helped her with facial and

Brian Kowalski and his son Kevin, 5, of Orland Park,

take a break after having dinner at Taste of Orland Park.

movement expressions.

“I had so much fun tonight

performing with other

talented kids,” she said.

For sisters Gabrielle, 8,

and Sandra Castillo, 8, of

Orland Park, it has been a

month of practicing a few

hours every day for this

contest.

“We took a song that we

could dance to a lot that

we’ve heard for a long

time,” Sandra explained.

Gabrielle added, “We

wanted to do ‘Old Town

Road,’ but my mom

thought there would be a

lot of people doing that.

My mom suggested ‘Shake

It Off,’ so we’ve been

working on that. Sandra

made a few moves; then I

made a few moves. We got

really good and knew we

were ready for tonight.”

Adam Michaels and Kali Libby perform with Cowboy Jukebox Friday, Aug. 2, to open

the main stage at the Taste of Orland Park.

Photos by Mary Compton/22nd Century Media

Sisters Gabrielle and Sandra Castillo, of Orland Park, won the annual Lip Sync

Showdown.

Sandra said taking karate

it helped her with her

dance moves.

“I told my sister we’re

going to win,” Sandra said.

Gabrielle did not expect

the trophy, so she was surprised

when the two sisters

were announced as the

first-place finishers in the

annual Lip Sync Showdown.

“I thought the person

next to me was going to

win,” Gabrielle said. “I

was so surprised when we

won.”

Parents, friends and

community members

watched the talent of

young residents perform in

the Lip Sync Showdown,

including at least one lifelong

Orland Park resident.

“It was so entertaining

to see the kids performing,”

Marty Donovan said.

“Everyone’s a winner. The

crowd was cheering everyone

tonight.”

Donovan has a college

degree in theater and has

been involved in various

local theater groups for

several years. He has been

coming to the Taste of Orland

Park since it started.

“I live close by,” he said.

“Many people come here

all three days of the fest for

dinner. I do the same. This

food is what this festival is

all about.

“I also try and see the

entertainers on the different

stages. The best part

of the Taste is running into

friends and neighbors. You

come here and break bread

together.

“I’m lucky to be a resident

of this Orland Park

community.”


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Trivia buffs, children of all ages enjoy Taste’s Saturday activities

Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Reporter

For years, Taste of

Orland Park’s Saturday

schedule has been highly

anticipated by children

reveling in the final days

of summer vacation.

On Aug. 3, all the great

Kids’ Day activities attendees

have come to love

— face painting, touch-atruck,

obstacle course, etc.

— were held at a brand

new location behind High

Point School and Orland

Jr. High School because

of work being done at

the Humphrey Complex

fields.

The new location gave

families space to participate

in picnic games and

water balloon tosses, and

to meet with representatives

from local youth

sports organizations at onsite

booths.

“Taste is such a fun

three-day community

event,” said Nancy Flores,

director of recreation for

the Village. “I think the

Kids’ Day really brings

families in together, playing

together, experimenting,

getting excited and

doing different things as a

family. It really takes that

community feeling and

steps it up a notch.”

Since the Kids’ Day site

was a short walk from the

heart of the Taste, event

organizers added food

vendors to the area, so

families could pick up a

treat — such as root beer

floats from The Brass Tap

or desserts from Nothing

Bundt Cakes — with ease.

Water stations were positioned

across the grounds,

as well.

Seven-year-old Clare

Lenihan, of Oak Lawn,

enjoyed the Kids’ Day offerings,

especially the free

Micah Rivera, of Orland Park, makes his way through

the Kids’ Day obstacle course.

face painting “because it

makes your face pretty.”

A petting zoo, pony

rides and miniature golf

also added to the fun.

The 2019 incarnation of

Taste of Orland Park offered

food from such local

restaurants as Burger 21,

Texas de Brazil and Orland

Park Bakery, which

attendees could enjoy

while listening to Saturday’s

Main Stage lineup,

featuring Rockin’ Fenderskirts,

Rock the 80s/The

Beat Goes On with Lisa

McClowry and 7th Heaven.

Those looking to beat

the heat on Saturday afternoon

were invited to

head inside the Civic

Center for a pair of brand

new trivia contests focused

on Marvel and

Harry Potter.

“After last year’s heat,

we were trying to think

of something to do to get

people out of the sun for

a little bit, and we like to

offer one new thing each

year to keep things exciting,”

said Jean Petrow,

recreation program supervisor,

of the inaugural

trivia contests. “We

knew we were going to

do Harry Potter, and fans

were able to vote for the

other option on Facebook

and social media, and they

picked Marvel out of the

choices. We have some

good prizes, and anyone

can compete in this.”

Orland Park resident

Allison Lifonti and her

friends Endi Kajtezovic,

of Tinley Park; Zeeshan

Haidry, of Tinley Park;

and Mike Caffarelli, of St.

Charles; competed in the

Marvel trivia contest under

the team name “David’s

Bridal.”

“We were going to the

Taste of Orland, and we

saw this come up, so we

thought it would be a fun

thing to do on a Saturday,”

Lifonti said.

Kajtezovic added that

the members of the group

were not necessarily experts

on Marvel, though he

has seen an Avengers film

or two.

“I’m not very confident

on anything to be quite

honest with you,” he said

with a laugh.

Zoe Martinkus, who

hosts trivia at The Brass

Tap, led the event by

asking such questions as

“In what year did Marvel

Oscar Olivas, of Orland Park, takes in the touch-a-truck area during Kids’ Day on

Saturday, Aug. 3, at Taste of Orland Park. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

Nico, Mateo and Luca Berardi, of Orland Park, dance to the music of Rockin’

Fenderskirts at Taste of Orland Park.

start?” and “In what movie

do we first see Thanos?”

Whether hanging out

at Kids’ Day, eating until

stuffed, testing knowledge

or even working the event,

Taste of Orland Park’s

Saturday schedule offered

something for everyone.

“This is, I have to say,

the dream job,” Flores

said. “I love it. I love the

sense of community. The

residents and the people

who come here year after

year are so happy and

embracing. They just

love catching up with old

neighbors and friends. It

becomes — as has been

said before — a big block

party. Everyone is together

enjoying their roots in Orland

Park.”


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Taste Veterans’ Tribute honors locals on Sunday

Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Reporter

Veterans and current

members of the military

were honored for their service

and sacrifice during

Taste of Orland Park’s Veterans’

Tribute.

Held on Sunday, Aug. 4,

the third and final day of

the food and family festival,

the ceremony featured

color guards representing

American Legion Post

111, Orland-Palos VFW

Post 2604 and Veterans

Voices. An honor ride

presented by the American

Veterans Motorcycle

Riders Association, a

non-denominational field

service and remarks from

Mayor Keith Pekau — an

Air Force veteran — also

highlighted the late-morning

event.

Paying tribute to veterans

is a key value of the

Village of Orland Park,

with ceremonies held on

Memorial Day, Veterans

Day and Independence

Day. And Darryl Wertheim,

a veterans program

coordinator with the Village’s

Veterans’ Commission,

explained that the

Taste of Orland ceremony

is special.

“It’s special because

we’ve enhanced it this year

with not only the color

guard, but with Sine Wave

Brass — our drum and bugle

corps that’s here today

— and also we reached

out to the community and

asked them for names of

veterans who they want

to lift up during the nondenominational

field service,”

Wertheim said. “We

have chaplain Tim Keating

coming out, and we are going

to honor veterans who

have passed, veterans who

are sick and veterans that

The American Veterans Motorcycle Riders Association arrives at the Taste of Orland Park Veterans’ Tribute on

Sunday, Aug. 4. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

“Little Butterflies” from Faith United Methodist Church

(left to right) Mary Fische, of Orland Park; Audriana

Abrams, Tinley Park; and Rhiannon Abrams, of

Tinley Park; prepare to pass out flags to veterans in

attendance at the Taste of Orland Park.

need support.”

The Veterans’ Commission

had support from the

community in helping to

create the list of names

read during the nondenominational

service.

Each name announced

gave those in attendance

a chance to reflect on the

individual service of local

veterans.

“We’ve had a tremendous

response from the

community about lifting

up their veterans from all

different wars,” Werthem

said. “We even have a Korean

War Missing in Action

veteran that we’re going to

announce today who never

returned from Korea. It’s

been pretty special, and we

hope that this year will be

bigger than last year and it

will continue to grow.”

Interim Village Manager

Tom Dubelbeis explained

that Taste of Orland Park

is a perfect opportunity to

honor local veterans.

“First and foremost, we

do this to make sure we

never forget the sacrifices

our veterans and our current

military make on our

behalf,” Dubelbeis said.

“Only about 10 percent

of our general population

ever serve in the military,

and we can never take

them for granted. … [And]

for us old guys who served,

when we came home in the

[1970s], it wasn’t a very

pleasant place. It’s nice to

see how we now treat our

young military members

and young veterans by giving

them the respect that’s

due to them.”

The ceremony began

as the American Veterans

Motorcycle Riders Association

brought in the

American flag and a POW/

MIA flag, after which

members of American Legion

Post 111, VFW Post

2604 and Veterans Voices

presented the colors. Veterans’

Commission member

Dale Carver served as

the master of ceremonies,

introducing Pekau, who

honored veterans and their

family members before

sharing his thoughts on

his recent visit to the USS

Arizona Memorial at Pearl

Harbor.

Keating shared bible

verses and inspiring quotes

during the non-denominational

service — which

was designed to mirror the

type of services held for

troops serving overseas

— before Sine Wave performed

a patriotic military

concert. The Fortunate

Sons played on the Main

Chaplain Tim Keating leads a non-denominational

military field service during Taste of Orland Park’s

Veterans’ Tribute.

Stage later that day, and a

Classic Car Show also was

a highlight of the final day

of Taste of Orland Park.

Palos Heights resident

Gene Gruszka, a veteran

himself, has made it a tradition

for the past several

years to stop by the event

on Sunday to enjoy the

Veterans’ Tribute and the

Classic Car Show.

“I like to get up in the

morning, get out here and

partake in the festivities,”

said Gruszka, who joked

that obtaining a good parking

spot is another motivator

for arriving early.

“I also like going to the

car show to see the older

models and how the people

have kept them up and

built them.”


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Smiles, laughter and Fen

Event highlights

Middle Eastern

clothing, charity

and local artists

Yasmeen Sheikah

Freelance Reporter

On Saturday, Aug. 3,

more than 60 people gathered

in Anonymous Addictions

Boutique, 9500 W.

143rd St. in Orland Park,

for the annual Middle

Eastern Pulse event, Fen.

“Fen” — the Arabic term

for art — featured Middle

Eastern food, clothing, and

multiple performances by

young local artists in poetry,

song and artwork.

Middle Eastern Pulse is

a clothing brand of street

wear clothing that represents

all countries in the

Middle East, and raises

awareness for Middle

Eastern affairs by donating

10 percent of each sale to

a Middle Eastern charities.

The brand was created in

2017 by Manar Noubani,

who grew up in the Orland

Park area.

Noubani said she did not

have events like this when

she was growing up and

wanted to change that.

“There is a large Arab

population in Orland Park,

and most Arabs don’t really

focus on the creative

side of our culture,” Noubani

said. “We decided to

call the event Fen, because

it means art in Arabic, and

[we] wanted to focus on

art. This is the third annual

event, and I decided

to make it smaller and

more intimate by having

less people than the previous

years, which had over

100.”

Hours before Fen, a

pop-up shop was open

with discounted clothing

from the brand. Sales from

Poet Aysha Affaneh performs.

the pop-up were donated

to “School Supplies for

Syria.” Proceeds from Fen

went to the performers.

Performances in order

were: comedian Thad Skylark,

singer Tawfik Abdul

Dayem, artist Mohammed

Zweiy, rapper Skript, poet

Aysha Affaneh and singer

Amira Jazeera closing out

the event with original

songs.

Performer Ameer Saleh

[Skript], 19, Orland Park,

was anxious to get on stage

and perform three new

original raps. Saleh rapped

about chasing dreams and

his hobby of rapping being

a talent in which he has

grown confident.

“I feel so comfortable

performing in a venue like

this because of the art representation,”

Saleh said. “I

feel like everyone in this

room is my friend and that

we all connect in a different

way, even if we don’t

know each other. This is

a great place for artists to

network and connect. It invites

not judgement.”

Audience member Summer

Radwan, 17, of Orland

Park, was excited to

see the show.

“I am good friends with

a few of the performers tonight,

so I came out to support

them,” Radwan said.

“I love Middle Eastern

Pulse and have been to past

Fen events. As a Palestinian,

I feel very welcomed

here and feel a family vibe

from everyone.”

Other audience members

were supporting family

members, such as Jude

Alzweiy, who came from

Bridgeview to support her

brother, Mohammed.

“My brother is an artist,

and I came out here

tonight to see him share

his work,” Zweiy said. “I

have been to previous Fen

events, and I really like

this one because it is much

smaller. It is really nice to

see old friends and make

new friends.”

Fen is now a semiannual

event with a new lineup

each show, as well as a

different charity. Middle

Eastern representation

and artwork can be seen

on Middle Eastern Pulse’s

website, mepulse.com, and

Instagram page.

Singer Tawfik Abdul Dayem sings traditional Arabian folklore on Saturday, Aug. 3,

during the Middle Eastern Pulse event Fen at Anonymous Addictions Boutique in

Orland Park. Photos by Yasmeen Sheikah/22nd Century Media

Skript raps an original song, “Chasing Dreams,” while the crowd sings along.


28 | August 8, 2019 | the orland Park Prairie dining out

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The Dish

Mamma Onesta’s serves traditional Italian

Alex Ivanisevic

Contributing Editor

Mamma Onesta’s Italian

Restaurant, on the

corner of State and 11th

streets in downtown

Lockport, has been serving

the community for almost

12 years.

Frank and Mary De-

Grassi own the restaurant

and have found that it fits

right into Lockport — a

town rich with Italian

heritage that calls Asiago,

Italy, its sister city.

Stepping into the cozy

restaurant, customers

would swear they have

left the streets of suburban

Chicago far behind and

have taken a trip to Tuscany,

with one wall covered

in a mural resembling the

Italian countryside and

classic white tablecloths

set for date nights or family-style

dinners.

Manager Laura Serksnas

said, “It is a very cozy

and friendly place to eat,

where we are not rushing

and want people to have a

nice experience here.”

The restaurant is staffed

by roughly 30 employees,

and although it is mainly

open during dinner hours,

it is available to book for

showers and other gatherings

before restaurant

hours begin on Saturdays

and Sundays. Mamma

Onesta’s also caters to

off-site parties.

“It’s going to taste the

same and be the exact

same, whether it is catered

to you or buffet-style

“Of course I am going to say this, but this place is

really the best, the best food. It is great to come

and be with friends and family.”

Erminia DeGrassi — the ‘Mamma’ of Mamma Onesta’s fame

here,” head chef Kyle Turucz

said. “It makes no difference.”

Turucz said there are a

few items customers order

from the menu that seem

to stand out such as the

chicken Francese ($18),

which happens to be one

of the owner’s favorites.

Personally, he recommends

the veal dishes on

the menu.

“I think it’s very rare,

especially around here,

that you are going to

find veal on a restaurant

menu,” Turucz said, adding

that even before he

worked at the restaurant

those were some of his favorites

as a customer.

Serksnas recommends

the chicken Pompeii

($18).

If customers are not in

the mood for a chicken or

veal dish, there are dozens

of options on Mama Onesta’s

menu, including pasta

galore. Dishes generally

range from $12-$24.

Turucz and Serksnas

agreed that coming to

work in the atmosphere

the restaurant provides

makes it feel a little less

like work. Both enjoy seeing

the restaurant busy.

“When I come to work,

my best friends are in that

kitchen with me,” Turucz

said.

And DeGrassi’s mother,

Erminia, is, in a way, a

legend at Mamma Onesta’s

in that she is Mamma

Mamma Onesta’s

Italian Restaurant

1100 S. State St. in

Lockport

Hours

• 4-9 p.m. Monday-

Thursday

• 4-10 p.m. Friday

• 3-10 p.m. Saturday

• 3-8 p.m. Sunday

For more information ...

Phone: (815) 588-

0900

Web: mammaonesta.

com

Onesta, or the “honest

mother.”

“Of course I am going

to say this, but this place

is really the best, the best

food,” Erminia said. “It is

great to come and be with

friends and family.”

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

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur

Across

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4. Birthplace of Solidarity

10. Frankfort park

14. Switch positions

15. Limestone

16. Camembert

cheese region

17. High card, usually

18. 1777-78 Continental

Army encampment

20. Sugar pill

22. Tire meas.

23. Gateway to Paris

24. Head bone

29. Metric unit

31. Early showing

33. Tolkien creatures

34. It’s a long story

36. Mariah Carey,

e.g.

37. “How ___!”

38. Foul smelling

39. Get moving

40. On ___ (comparable)

41. Seeded cereal

grasses

42. Broadway star

Verden

43. Nor partner

45. ___ Island Red

46. Birthplace of Columbus

47. Crystal ball user

48. World financial

org.

51. Listens

55. NY attraction

60. Baseball’s Hodges

61. Small handbag

62. Cores

63. Wedded

64. Duck food

65. Back at sea

66. Homer’s mustachioed

neighbor

Down

1. “General Hospital,”

e.g.

2. Abbr. on a business

letter

3. Not docked

4. Rules

5. No problem

6. Fusion

7. Squat

8. Milestone

9. Florida has them

10. Farm cry

11. Departure’s opposite:

Abbr.

12. Savings company

13. Formally known as

19. Balled hand

21. Musical composition

25. Frankfort museum

26. One way to stand

27. Longtime Met leader

James

28. Private jet

29. Hair piece

30. Make a father

31. Dr.’s orders

32. “Go on”

34. Plan term, usually

35. QB’s stat

37. Jingled

38. Antagonist

42. Pickling veggie

44. Narrow margin

45. Parent, e.g.

47. Kind of oil

49. Latino rock group

50. Winter illnesses

(abbr.)

52. Bespectacled

Ghostbuster

53. Digit

54. Winter toy

55. Prized mushroom

56. LAX abbr.

57. Bolt connector

58. Dead heat

59. Loan figure, abbr.

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 1-9.

LEVEL: Medium

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan

answers

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

■9 ■ p.m. Fridays or Saturdays:

Live Music

To place an event in The

Scene, email a.datta@

22ndcenturymedia.com.


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Distinctive Home Builders Introduces New Craftsman Homes

In Manhattan, Peotone, and Joliet – From the mid-$200’s

New designs are a result of buyer feedback

Two refreshing designs mark

the beginning of a new series

of Craftsman-style homes

available from Distinctive Home

Builders at its latest new home

communities: Prairie Trails;

located in Manhattan within the

highly-regarded

Lincoln-Way

School District and at WestGate

Manor in Peotone within the

desirable Peotone School District.

“Craftsman homes were

introduced in the early 1900s in

California with designs based on a

simpler, functional aesthetic using

a higher level of craftsmanship

and natural materials. These

homes were a departure from

homes that were mass produced

from that era, “according to Bryan

Nooner, president of Distinctive

Home Builders.

“The Craftsman design has

made a comeback today for many

of the same reasons it started over

a century ago. Our customers

want to live in a home that gets

away from the “mass produced”

look and live in a home that has

more character. As a result of

our daily interaction with our

homeowners and their input, we

are excited to introduce these two

homes, with additional designs in

the works.”

Nooner, who meets with each

homeowner prior to construction,

has been working on these plans

for a while and felt that the

timing was ideal for the debut.

“Customers were asking for

something different and simple

with less monotony and higher

architectural standards.” The

result was the Craftsman ranch

and the Prairie two story, now

available at Prairie Trails and

WestGate Manor. The Craftsman

ranch features an open floor plan

with Great Room, three bedrooms,

two baths and a two-car (optional

three-car) garage. The Prairie

features a two-story foyer and

Great Room, three bedrooms

and one and one-half baths, a

convenient Flex Room space

on the main level and a two-car

(optional three-car) garage. The

Craftsman architectural elements

on both homes include brick and

stone exteriors with cedar shake

accent siding, low-pitched gabled

bracket roofs, front porches with

tapered columns and stone piers,

partially paned windows, and a

standard panel front entry door.

Distinctive Home Builders

offers a Craftsman-style trim

package offering trim without

ornate profiles and routers. The

trim features simplicity in design

with rectangles, straight lines and

layered look trims over doors for

example. The front entry door

will have the standard Craftsman

panel style door. Distinctive has

also created a Craftsman color

palate to assist buyers in making

coordinated choices for the

interior of their new Craftsman

home. Colors, cabinet styles and

flooring choices blend seamlessly

with the Craftsman trim package

and are available in gray tones

package and earth tones.

Distinctive offers custom maple

kitchen cabinets featuring solid

wood construction (no particle

board), have solid wood drawers

with dove tail joints, which is

very rare in the marketplace.

“When you buy a new home

from Distinctive, you truly are

receiving custom made cabinets

in every home we sell no matter

what the price range,” noted

Nooner.

Distinctive Home Builders

works to achieve a delivery goal

of 90 days with zero punch list

items for its homeowners. “Our

three decades building homes

provides an efficient construction

system,” said Nooner. “Many

of our skilled craftsmen have

been working with our company

for over 20 years. We also

take pride on having excellent

communicators throughout our

organization. This translates into

a positive buying and building

experience for our homeowners

and one of the highest referral

rates in the industry.” Nooner

added that all homes are highly

energy efficient. Every home

built will have upgraded wall and

ceiling insulation values with

energy efficient windows and

high efficiency furnaces. Before

homeowners move into their new

home, Distinctive Home Builders

conducts a blower door test that

pressurizes the home to ensure

that each home passes a set of

very stringent Energy Efficiency

guidelines.

With the addition of these two

new designs, there are now 15

ranch, split-level and six two

story single-family home styles

to choose from each offering from

three to eight different exterior

elevations at both communities.

The three- to four-bedroom

homes feature one and one-half

to two-and-one-half baths, two

to three-car garages and a family

room, all in approximately 1,600

to over 3,000 square feet of living

space. Basements are included in

most models as well. Distinctive

also encourages customization

to make your new home truly

personalized to suit your lifestyle.

Oversize home sites; brick

exteriors on all four sides of the

first floor; custom maple cabinets;

ceramic tile or hardwood floors

in the kitchen, baths and foyer;

genuine wood trim and doors

and concrete driveways can all

be yours at Prairie Trails and

WestGate Manor. Most all home

sites at Prairie Trails andWestGate

Manor can accommodate a threecar

garage; a very important

amenity to the Manhattan

homebuyer, said Nooner. “When

we opened Prairie Trails and

WestGate Manor we wanted

to provide the best new home

value for the dollar and we feel

with offering Premium Standard

Features that we do just that. So

why wait? This is truly the best

time to build your dream home!”

Prairie Trails is also a beautiful

place to live and raise a family

featuring a 20-acre lake on site,

as well as direct access to the 22-

mile Wauponsee Glacial Prairie

Path that borders the community

and meanders through many

neighboring communities and

links to many other popular trails.

The Manhattan Metra station is

less than a mile away.

Besides Prairie Trails,

Distinctive Home Builders

has built homes throughout

Manhattan in the Butternut Ridge

and Leighlinbridge developments,

as well as in the Will and south

Cook county areas over the past

30 years.

Distinctive has two early

delivery homes available at its

newest community, Cedar Creek

in Joliet where you can choose

your colors now and move in 45

days. One is a three-bedroom

Princeton ranch with two full

baths in an open floor plan with

kitchen and Great Room. Priced

at $289,990 this home has over

$20,000 in free upgrades. The

second home is a Brentwood

three-bedroom raised ranch with

an oversized garage. Priced at

$279,900, this home features

many interior and exterior

architectural details and over

$30,000 in free upgrades.

Visit the on-site sales

information center for

unadvertised specials and view

the numerous styles of homes

being offered and the available

lots. Call Lynne Rinck at (708)

737-9142 or (708) 479-7700 for

more information or visit www.

distinctivehomebuilders.com.

The Prairie Trails and WestGate

Manor new home information

center is located three miles

south of Laraway Rd. on Rt.

52. The address is 24458 S.

Rt. 52, Manhattan, IL. 60422.

Open Daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:00

p.m. Closed Wednesday and

Thursday and always available by

appointment.

Specials, prices, specifications,

standard features, model

offerings, build times and lot

availability are subject to change

without notice. Please contact

a Distinctive representative for

current pricing and complete

details.


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Sponsored Content

June 26

• 12225 Lake

View Drive, Orland

Park, 60467-1043 -

Catherine Willingham

to Marek Toczydlowski,

Agata Toczydlowski,

$367,000

June 27

• 15415 Aster St. 81,

Orland Park, 60462-

4311 - Brendan Baratta

to Jody Strylowski,

$163,500

• 9111 Carlisle Lane,

Orland Park, 60462-

3376 - Daniel R.

Gonzalez to Marguerite

A. Crudo, $189,000

• 7717 W. 158th

Court, Orland Park,

60462-5025 - Carol A.

Lieberman to Nabeel A.

Razick, Sehan Razick,

$190,000

• 9406 Huber Court,

Orland Park, 60467-

5636 - Lisa L. Fox

Dombrowski to Nadia A.

Salem, $190,000

• 8711 W. 169th St.,

Orland Park, 60462-

5729 - Matthew L.

Hall to Eric Schmidt,

$214,000

• 15235 Primrose

Lane, Orland Park,

60462-4106 - Stanley

F. Moskal Jr. to Dariusz

Lowczyk, Izabela A.

Zbronska, $277,500

• 14475 S. 94th Ave.,

Orland Park, 60462-

2670 - Kennedy Trust to

Brian J. Graney, Mark K.

Graney, $400,000

June 28

• 15251 Hiawatha

Trail, Orland Park,

60462-3515 - Braun &

Aldridge Inc. to Thomas

Enright, $115,000

• 10609 Charlotte

Court, Orland Park,

60462-8305 - First

Midwest Bank Trustee

to Lina Othman,

$161,500

• 9218 Birch St.,

Orland Park, 60462-

2614 - Vincent G.

Monczynski to Frank C.

Rios Jr., $235,000

July 1

• 7236 W. 153rd

St. 47, Orland Park,

60462-6673 - First

Midwest Bank

Trusteeto Mary L. Kikta,

$170,000

• 7310 W. 152nd

Place, Orland Park,

60462-6610 -

Lawrence Goudzwaard

Jr. Trust to Edward H.

Twarok, $175,000

• 10156 Hyacinth

Drive, Orland Park,

60462-3046 - David R.

Underwood to Deborah

E. Tengerstrom,

$200,000

• 16647 Grants Trail,

Orland Park, 60467-

5310 - Thomas T.

Georgas to Jacob

Lehmerer, $254,000

• 14506 Lake Ridge

Road, Orland Park,

60462-7419 - First

Midwest Bank Trustee

to Mark Sims, Barbara

M. Sims, $255,000

• 11915 Greenfield

Drive, Orland Park,

60467-8518 - John

Lambe Trustee to

Michael Hayden,

Rashida Hayden,

$322,500

July 2

• 7314 W. 152nd

Place, Orland Park,

60462-6610 -

Marciniak Trust to Lisa

Martin, $175,000

• 11141 Saratoga

Drive, Orland Park,

60467-8744 - Morgan

Pericht to Michelle

Grbavac, $230,000

• 13249 Lahinch

Drive, Orland Park,

60462-1133 - Manta

Trust to Corin A. Tablis,

$375,000

• 10647 White Tail

Run, Orland Park,

60467-8867 - Michael

Sexton to Unni Philip,

Divya Simon, $437,500

July 3

• 15514 Orlan Brook

Drive 241, Orland Park,

60462-4880 - Ana

Kendall to Leonard

Bruckhauser, Genevieve

Bruckhauser, $154,000

• 16454 Nottingham

Court 23, Orland Park,

60467-8718 - Eugene

Del Giudice to Nicholas

Anastos, $158,000

• 7220 W. 154th

St. 32, Orland Park,

60462-4372 - Ryan

Blake to Malgorzata

Bednarz, $198,000

• 16139 Hackney

Drive, Orland Park,

60467-5570 - Raymond

J. Matty to Derek D.

Alessandro, $235,000

• 10710 Buck Drive,

Orland Park, 60467-

8880 - Lindberg Trust

to Mary Haddadin,

$420,000

The Going Rate is provided

by Record Information

Services Inc. For more

information, visit www.

public-record.com or call

(630) 557-1000.

The Orland Park Prairie’s

The owners of this condo are

moving to a single-family home

to accommodate their growing

family. They enjoyed this condo

for its convenient parking, outdoor

balconies and in-unit laundry.

Location in central Orland Park

was always peaceful, and afforded

close proximity to all needs and

transportation.

WHAT: Updated condo with two

bedrooms, two bathrooms, and

one-car garage in Treetop near

Centennial Park

WHERE: 15315 Treetop Drive, Unit

2S, Orland Park

AMENITIES: This is a beautifully

updated second-floor condo. Living

room has a cozy, wood-burning

fireplace. Master bedroom has its

own bathroom. Convenient, inunit

laundry. Clean and updated

kitchen and baths. Enjoy meals

in separate dining area or eat-in

kitchen. Desirable outdoor space

with two balconies both in front and

back. One-car garage just steps

from back door. Large storage room

in basement. Newer

windows and hot

water heater. Short

walk to pool, tennis

courts, shopping and

dining — truly a gem of

a location!

Asking Price: $139,900

Listing Agent:

Michael Bochenek,

(708) 522-5266,

mikebochsellshomes@

gmail.com

of the

WEEK

Photos: VHT Studios

Listing Brokerage:

Keller Williams Preferred

Realty, 16101 108th

Ave,. 2nd Floor, Orland

Park, IL, 60467

Want to know how to become “Home of the Week”? Contact Tricia Weber at (708) 326-9170,

ext. 47. For more, visit OPPrairie.com/realestate.


32 | August 8, 2019 | the orland Park Prairie classifieds

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Maintenance &

Janitorial Positions

Full-time (w/ benefits package)

employees wanted for

janitorial and maintenance

of south-suburban apartment

community (Orland Hills)

Responsibilities would

include but not be limited to:

Janitorial - general, basic

cleaning skills

Maintenance - light electrical,

plumbing, and general

maintenance of the property

If you are interested in this

position, please email:

HRmailbox@pmdchicago.com

School Bus Drivers Wanted

Homer School District 33C

seeks quality individuals

to join our family of

school bus drivers.

$17.42/hr. + full benefits

available

Training provided.

Call (708) 226-7625

or visit homerschools.org

employment tab

Part-Time Kitchen Help

M & W 8-4 Homer Glen

Measure, blend, clean.

Must be able to lift 40 lbs.

$11 per hr. no exp,

more based on exp.

Inquiries w/ job history &

contact info:

healthbyjuli@gmail.com

Local company looking for

Exp. Dump Truck Driver

Class A & B

Full & part-time available

Dump experience necessary

815-485-2490

Small Cleaning Company

looking for P/T Help for

Commercial & Residential

815-370-2532

1004 Employment

Opportunities

Help

Wanted

1003 Help Wanted

Outside Work:

Lawn Fertilizing & Core

Aeration: Year-round &

Seasonal Employment

Potential for paid winters off.

Benefits incl. health, dental,

IRA. Good driving rec a must.

Time and a half over 40 hrs.

$15/hr starting pay.

Apply in-person 7am - 5pm

Lawn-Tech, Ltd.

7320 Duvan Dr

Tinley Park, IL

708-532-7411

P/T Data Entry

We are looking for a P/T

employee for our Orland

office for data entry. Entry

level job; no exp. req’d.

Keyboard skills a must.

Duties include data entry,

filing, checking claim

status over the phone &

online. Call 708-336-0419

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

P/T Podiatric Assistant

needed for Homer Glen &

Burbank offices.

Days & Evenings 20-30 hrs/wk

Fax resume to 708.636.4105

1021 Lost &

Found

Lost: Pink & Brown Bible

Last seen between Revere &

Schoolhouse on way to

LaPorte to Wolf to Rt. 30

Call Janice: 708-642-2344

PRIVATE CAREGIVER

Compassionate Female CNA

MA, licensed for 25+ years.

Medical & personal care for

elderly patients, cook, clean &

more! Patients treated like

family! $15/Hour, Part-Time

or Full-Time. Also available

Evenings/Weekends

708-403-7471

1023 Caregiver

1052 Garage Sale

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

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

ofmyheart 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 tothee (3x). Holy

Mary, Iplace this cause in

your hands (3x). Say this

prayer for three consecutive

days, you must publish it

and it will be granted to

you. MT

Oh, Holy StJude, Apostle &

Martyr, great in virtue and rich

in miracle, near kinsman of Jesus

Christ, faithful intercessor

of all who invoke your special

patronage in time ofneed. To

you Ihave recourse from the

depth of my heart and humbly

beg to whom God has given

such great power to come to

my assistance. Help me in my

present and urgent petition, in

return, I promise to make your

name known and cause you to

be invoked. Say three Our Fathers,

three Hail Marys and

Glories for nine consecutive

days. Publications must be

promised. St. Jude pray for us

all who invoke your aid.

Amen. This Novena has never

been known tofail, Ihave had

requests granted. S.B.

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Lockport 17913 S Mitchell

Lane 8/8-8/10 8-3pm Clothes,

furn, hshld, etc. Everything

priced to sell! Too much to list!

Mokena 21734 Wolf Road.

Fri. 8/9, 8-3pm and Sat. 8/10,

8-11am. Women’s clothing,

toys, household. Priced to sell

New Lenox 410 S. Marley Rd.

Thurs. 8/8, Fri. 8/9, & Sat. 8/10

8 - 4pm. Telescope, rocker,

house items, and much more!

Tinley Park 17420 Castle Dr.

Sat. 8/10, 9am -4pm. Seasonal

/holiday decor, electronics,

lady’s winter jackets, baby

clothes, toys/games, and

assorted decorating supplies.

Tinley Park 7445 Nottingham

Dr. Fri. 8/9 and Sat. 8/10,

8-3pm. Books, games, artwork,

collectibles, home items, and

more! Unique pricing!

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Vehicles Running or Not

Cars, Trucks, Vans etc.

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Automotive

$52 4 lines/

7 papers

Real Estate

$50 7 7 papers

lines/

1061 Autos Wanted

Help Wanted

$13 4 lines/

per line 7 papers

Merchandise

$30 7 4 papers

lines/

1053 Multi Family

Sale

2 Houses/2 Family Garage

Sale Mokena 18449 & 18446

Virginia Lane 8/9 & 8/10

8am-1pm Books, DVD’s/CD’s,

household items, Pre-1994 Precious

Moments, kid’s bikes,

toys, family clothes, china &

stemware, crystal chandelier,

too much to list

Tinley Park 17997 Goesel Dr.

Thurs. 8/8, Fri. 8/9, & Sat. 8/10

8am -3pm. Baby toys, baby

clothes, women/men’s clothes,

household items, and something

for everyone!

1054 Subdivision

Sale

Mokena -

Marley Lane Block SALE

Aug. 9th & 10th, 9am-3pm

2 Blks N. of 191 St/104 Av

18901-18948 Marley Lane

5+ Homes

1 STOP SHOPPING!

Automotive

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Running Or Not from Old to New!

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Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

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Automotive

Help Wanted

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Merchandise

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Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

Automotive

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7 papers

Help Wanted

$13 4 lines/

per line 7 papers

2011 Brick/Chimney Experts

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Rental

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1098 Land for

Sale

1225 Apartments

for Rent

2006 Basement Waterproofing

For Sale Farm Land

37.59 acres of farm land,

location in Iroquois

County, If interested please

call or leave message

815-216-3723 or

815-278-1576

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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2003 Appliance Repair

QUALITY

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Stoves & Ovens • Microwaves

Garbage Disposals

Washers&Dryers

Family Owned &Operatedsince 1986

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All work GUARANTEED

BEST price in town!

708-712-1392

2004 Asphalt Paving/Seal Coating

2007 Black Dirt/Top Soil

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Dirt

Pulverized Black Dirt

Rough Black Dirt

Driveway Gravel

Available

For Delivery Pricing Call:

815-485-2490

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2017 Cleaning Services

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2701 Property for

Sale

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFCOOK

COUNTY, ILLINOIS

COUNTY DEPARTMENT -CHAN-

CERY DIVISION

JPMORGAN CHASE BANK N.A.

Plaintiff,

-v.-

JOZEF CZAJA, IRENE B. IDZIK, EV-

ERGREEN VIEW TOWNHOME AS-

SOCIATION, EVERGREEN VIEW

HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION

Defendants

10 CH 028823

8750 BERKELEY COURT

ORLAND PARK, IL 60462

NOTICE OF SALE

PUBLIC NOTICE ISHEREBY GIVEN

that pursuant to aJudgment ofForeclosure

and Sale entered in the above cause

on May 30, 2019, an agent for The Judicial

Sales Corporation, will at 10:30

AM on September 3, 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 8750 BERKELEY

COURT, ORLAND PARK, IL 60462

Property Index No. 27-02-319-024.

The real estate is improved with a residence.

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 is part of acommon 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

2701 Property for

Sale

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

14-10-16760.

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. 14-10-16760

Attorney ARDC No. 00468002

Attorney Code. 21762

Case Number: 10 CH 028823

TJSC#: 39-3545

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.

I3125756

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFCOOK

COUNTY, ILLINOIS

COUNTY DEPARTMENT -CHAN-

CERY DIVISION

U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIA-

TION, AS TRUSTEE

FOR STRUCTURED ASSET SECURI-

TIES CORPORATION

MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CER-

TIFICATES, SERIES

2007-BC3

Plaintiff,

vs.

ALFONSO CERNA; YESSENIA

CERNA A/K/A YESENIA

CERNA; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND

NON RECORD

CLAIMANTS;

Defendants,

17 CH 16870

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 Tuesday, August

27, 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. 27-07-310-006-0000.

Commonly known as 14747 Maplecreek

Drive, Orland Park, IL 60467.

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 Law Clerk atPlaintiff's

Attorney, The Wirbicki Law

Group, 33 West Monroe Street, Chicago,

Illinois 60603. (312) 360-9455.

W17-1382

INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES

CORPORATION

Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122

I3126337

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFCOOK

COUNTY, ILLINOIS

COUNTY DEPARTMENT -CHAN-

CERY DIVISION

BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.

Plaintiff,

-v.-

MONA H. OSCAI A/K/A MONA

HENNEIN, LAWRENCE B OSCAI,

UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NONRE-

2701 Property for

Sale

CORD CLAIMANTS

Defendants

2018 CH 09127

17108 KERRY AVENUE

ORLAND PARK, IL 60467

NOTICE OF SALE

PUBLIC NOTICE ISHEREBY GIVEN

that pursuant to aJudgment ofForeclosure

and Sale entered in the above cause

on June 6, 2019, an agent for The Judicial

Sales Corporation, will at 10:30

AM on September 9, 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 17108 KERRY

AVENUE, ORLAND PARK, IL 60467

Property Index No. 27-29-413-002-0000

The real estate is improved with a residence.

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 be accepted.

The balance, including the Judicial

Sale fee for the Abandoned Residential

Property Municipality Relief

Fund, which is calculated on residential

real estate at the 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 inand to the 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 is part of acommon 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,

CODILIS &ASSOCIATES, P.C. Plaintiff's

Attorneys, 15W030 NORTH

FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100,

BURR RIDGE, IL, 60527 (630)

794-9876

THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORA-

TION

One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor,


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2701 Property for

Sale

2701 Property for

Sale

2701 Property for

Sale

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. 14-18-07957

Attorney ARDC No. 00468002

Attorney Code. 21762

Case Number: 2018 CH 09127

TJSC#: 39-3664

NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection

Practices Act, you are advised

that Plaintiff's attorney is deemed to be

adebt collector attempting to collect a

debt and any information obtained will

be used for that purpose.

Case # 2018 CH 09127

I3127271

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFCOOK

COUNTY, ILLINOIS

COUNTY DEPARTMENT -CHAN-

CERY DIVISION

BMO HARRIS BANK N.A. F/K/A

HARRIS N.A.

Plaintiff,

-v.-

MARIUS G. KASNIUNAS, RASA V.

KASNIUNAS, UNITED STATES OF

AMERICA

Defendants

18CH04499

8321 LEGEND LANE

ORLAND PARK, IL 60462

NOTICE OF SALE

PUBLIC NOTICE ISHEREBY GIVEN

that pursuant to aJudgment ofForeclosure

and Sale entered in the above cause

on August 27, 2018, an agent for The

Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30

AM on August 27, 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 8321 LEGEND

LANE, ORLAND PARK, IL 60462

Property Index No. 27-02-204-008-0000

The real estate is improved with a residence.

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 toconfirmation

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.

Where asale of real estate is made to

satisfy alien prior to that of the United

States, the United States shall have one

year from the date of sale within which

to redeem, except that with respect to a

lien arising under the internal revenue

laws the period shall be 120 days or the

period allowable for redemption under

State law, whichever is longer, and in

any case inwhich, under the provisions

of section 505 of the Housing Act of

1950, as amended (12 U.S.C. 1701k),

and subsection (d) of section 3720 of title

38 of the United States Code, the

right toredeem does not arise, there

shall be no right of redemption.

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,

CODILIS &ASSOCIATES, P.C. Plaintiff's

Attorneys, 15W030 NORTH

FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100,

BURR RIDGE, IL, 60527 (630)

794-9876

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. 14-18-03775

Attorney ARDC No. 00468002

Attorney Code. 21762

Case Number: 18CH04499

TJSC#: 39-4572

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.

Case # 18CH04499

I3127424

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFCOOK

COUNTY, ILLINOIS

COUNTY DEPARTMENT -CHAN-

CERY DIVISION

BANK OF HOPE;

Plaintiff,

vs.

SOON PARK AKA SOON KEUN

PARK; JOUNG JA KOO;

SOUTHMOOR COUNTRY CLUB

HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION

Defendants,

18 CH 6767

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 onThursday, September

12, 2019 at the hour of 11 a.m. in

their office at 120 West Madison Street,

Suite 718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell at

public auction tothe highest bidder for

cash, as set forth below, the following

described mortgaged real estate:

P.I.N. 23-34-306-014-0000.

Commonly known as 9341 Dunmurry

Drive, Orland Park, IL 60462.

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 Sales Department

at Plaintiff's Attorney, Manley Deas Kochalski,

LLC, One East Wacker Drive,

Chicago, Illinois 60601. (614)

220-5611. 18-014143 F2

INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES

CORPORATION

Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122

I3127899

2900 Merchandise

Under $100

#1 Nike Golf driver $20, #3

Callaway $10 Call

708-614-4178

15 teenage girls sweaters all

clean $3, petite size wedding

dress cleaned eil beading $39,

bridal knife set $25

Call 708-460-8308

2 chrome swivel bar stool

sblack vinyl seats and backrests.

Great for finished recreation

room orcollege apartmet.

Excellent condition. $40

for both Call 708-301-0249

2008 School House dinner

plate $10, pled miniflashlight

$2, 27 led mini flashlight $5,

dimmer switch for lamps $12

Call 708-460-8308

22 Toro Super Recycler self

propelled lawn mower with 2

bags $70 Call Dave

708-323-6973

84” black floral print sofa, 60”

matching loveseat, black lamp,

wall decor, floral arrangement.

Excellent condition $100 total

Call 708-606-3119

9’ beach unbrella new $35 Call

708-599-6796

Back issues of Corvette

Magazine. Issues 24 thru 123.

$1 each Call 815-485-3524

Betty Boop porcelain doll in

cheerleader outfit $100 Call

708-349-1956

Black with glass entertainment

/TV center good condition $30,

Component stand black $20

Call Debbie @ 815-534-5273

(Frankfort)

Broan 30in over range range

hood, fan, light $25, Conair

curling iron long cord $6 Call

708-460-8308

Dwarf burning bush $25, Red

twig dogwood shrub $17, Daffodil

yellow flower bulbs .50

ea, misc Asiatic lillys $4 ea

Call 708-460-8308

Fur coat $100 Call

708-753-0551

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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

10 Questions

with Jacob Sullivan

AREA SPORTS ROUNDUP

New look Eagles will host

their first holiday tournament

JEFF VORVA, Sports Editor

Jacob Sullivan is an

Orland Park resident

who plays football and

baseball for Brother Rice.

He was on the football

squad that finished second

in the state in 2018 and

on the baseball team that

won the Lawler Summer

Tournament.

Is there a sport you

are not good at?

I am not bad at any sport

that I know of, I am just a

good athlete who can hold

my own.

Do you have a favorite

jersey number in sports,

whether it is one you

wear or one you would

like to wear?

I like to wear 22. That is

my favorite jersey number

and it’s done well for me

so far.

What is your proudest

moment in athletics?

Our run to the 8A state

championship football

game for Brother Rice

football. Those memories

will last a lifetime.

Are there any

embarrassing

moments you had in

sports?

I’ve taken a spill down

the first base line trying to

get to the base.

Do you have a

favorite pregame

pump-up song?

I don’t have any particular

song, but I do listen/

watch the Brother Rice

vs. Marist or Brother

Rice vs. Loyola football

games to get focused and

hyped.

Is there something

people don’t know

about you?

Yes, and I plan to keep it

that way.

Is there a movie you

could watch over and

over without getting

bored with it?

JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

“The Wolf of Wall Street”

- just a great movie!

Any superstitions?

Yes, Subway before every

game for football and

no haircuts, though this is

tough at Brother Rice.

If they made a movie

about your life, who

should play you?

Daniel Radcliffe.

What would that

movie be called?

“Life’s Crazy Game.”

Interview conducted by

Sports Editor Jeff Vorva

Sandburg’s girls basketball

team ended Richards’

season last year in the regional

semifinals in Orland

Park in February and the

two teams could be facing

off in a rematch on the

same court in December.

The Eagles will host its

first Sandburg Shootout

Dec. 26-Dec. 28 and it will

feature an interesting variety

of competition.

Richards, which features

one of the best players in

the state in Halle Idowu,

joins Oak Forest, Plainfield

East, Joliet West, Glenbard

East, the Chicago School

of Agriculture and Hammond

High School from

Indiana.

Oak Forest was a cochampion

in the South

Suburban Blue with Tinley

Park last season. Joliet

West finished in second

place this summer in the

32-team Morris Shootout

and features a heralded

sophomore-top-be in Lisa

Thompson. Glenbard East

featured five sophomores

who got big minutes on its

squad last season.

For Sandburg, it will be

an interesting season coming

up. The Eagles graduated

some talent from a

team that finished 15-14

and posted its first winning

record since 2014-

2015. But on paper, this

program looks to be an

area power in the coming

years thanks to a sophomore

team that finished

28-1 using mostly freshmen

in 2018-19. How

well these young players

mix with the veterans this

season before blasting off

in their junior and senior

Sandburg’s Erin O’Connor passes against Richards in

last season’s 37-34 regional semifinal victory. The two

teams will be a part of the first eight-team Sandburg

Shootout in late December.

PHOTOS BY JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

Schaumburg coach Jacqueline Storm makes a point to

her team during the Morris Shootout this summer. The

former Sandburg star is scheduled to bring her team to

Orland Park on Jan. 18.

seasons should be an intriguing

process.

The Eagles will open the

campaign on Nov. 19 at

the Hinsdale South Invitational.

Some of the nonconference

opponents on

the schedule include Lemont,

Joliet Catholic, Argo,

Schaumburg (coached by

former Sandburg star Jacqueline

Storm), Yorkville

and St. Laurence.

The team hopes to be an

upper-echelon squad in the

SouthWest Suburban Blue

conference, which features

Bolingbrook, Homewood-

Flossmoor and Lincoln-

Way East.

Shooters tryouts

The Southside Shooters

will host boys basketball

tryouts Aug. 20 at Moraine

Valley Community College.

The tryouts will be held

at the HFRC Gymnasium,

10900 S. 88th Ave. in

Palos Hills.

Tryouts for fourth and

fifth graders are at 5:30

p.m.

Tryouts for sixth and

seventh graders are at 6:30

p.m.

Tryouts for eighth graders

are at 8 p.m.

For more information,

contact Bill Finn at (708)

508-0170.


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GOING PLACES

Sandburg grad Hirschfield ready to have his fill at Dayton

JEFF VORVA, Sports Editor

Sandburg graduate Alex

Hirschfield has put up

some big numbers during

his high school years.

On the field, the linebacker’s

100 tackles in

2018 helped earn him earn

all-state honors by the Illinois

High School Football

Coaches Association and

was the only all-state player

on a team with a sub-

.500 record in Class 8A to

make the elite list.

His 249 career tackles

at the Orland Park school

is the most in team history,

knocking off current

Northwestern coach Pat

Fitzgerald off of the top

spot.

Behind the table,

Hirschfield once ate 51

chicken wings in one sitting.

It was summer, 2016

and the football standout/

wrestler decided he wanted

to initiate a new competition.

“I was in Tuscaloosa,

Alabama visiting my sister

[Madeline] in college and I

was with my parents [Dale

and Erika],” he said. “My

dad and I each ate 20. I

told him ‘I’ll bet you I can

out-eat you right now. He

said ‘OK.’ We did it and

we kept ordering wings

until one of us quit.

“He actually ate 52. I

quit at 51. He beat me.”

Alex said that the competition

took place at a local

restaurant in Tuscaloosa

and featured mild wings

that “had a little kick, but

not enough to kick us out

of the contest.”

The massive wing intake

did not hurt either

participant. Somehow father

on son had room for

dessert.

“We actually got some

ice cream about an hour

later, so it wasn’t terrible.”

Alex said.

Hisrchfield is hungry to

get back on the football

field. He committed to the

University of Dayton and

was scheduled to head to

Ohio for camp earlier this

week.

Flyers coaches sent him

a workout program this

summer, which obviously

did not include chicken

wing consumption.

“We have a pretty intense

workout program

that we have to do on our

own,” he said during his

final week home. “It’s not

anything that I haven’t

done before but at this

point of the summer in

high school, it would not

be that difficult. But at this

point for college, we are

kicking it up into high gear

so we can get ready for

camp.”

That included sprints,

dashes, working on footwork,

lifting and running

up and down the Sandburg

bleachers.

Flyers coaches saw

Hirschfield at a combine at

Northwestern and invited

him for a visit.

“I like the location,” he

said. “It’s in the city but

it’s not like a city campus.

It feels like you are in a

suburb. The people are

great. It’s a very close-knit

community and I really

like that. The academics

are great. The facilities are

great. Their football tradition

is also really great.”

Hirschfield chose football

over wrestling to continue

his athletic career,

“Football beings out the

team aspect so much more

than wrestling,” he said.

“There are 11 people on

the field at all times and

they all have to do their

TACKLING A RECORD

Alex Hisrchfield

set the Sandburg

career tackling record

with 249, beating

Patrick Brucki and

Northwestern coach

Pat Fitzgerald.

Hirschfield said he

did not know what the

career mark at his new

school, Dayton is.

The career record

for tackles at the

school is 419, set by

Rick Chamberlin from

1975-78. Chamberlin

is currently Dayton’s

head coach.

jobs to be successful. I like

how you can push yourself

individually but there is

still that brotherhood that

you have.”

Hirschfield said he want

to major in business and

economics with an eye on

working with the stock market

after he leaves Dayton.

Dayton finished 6-5 in

2018 and closed the season

with a three-game winning

streak, beating Butler, 38-

28, Morehead State, 63-

20, and Jacksonville, 34-7.

The team has been to

postseason play 14 times,

the last coming in 2015

in the NCAA Division I

FCS Playoffs, when the

Flyers lost to Western Illinois

University, 24-7 in

the first round. They won

the Division III Amos

Alonzo Stagg Bowl for the

national title in 1980 (beating

Ithaca, 60-0 in the title

game) and 1989.

They open their season

at Indiana State on Sept. 7.

Dayton has a few other

local stars on the roster.

Orland Park’s Danny Meehan,

who attended Marist,

is a redshirt freshman

Alex Hirschfield (7) left Sandburg as the school’s leading tackler and is playing for

the University of Dayton this season. PHOTOS BY JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

Sandburg’s Alex Hirschfield was a two-sport athlete as he was a strong wrestler for

the Eagles.

linebacker for the Flyers.

Richie Warfield, a Providence

Catholic star from

Orland Hills, is a redshirt

sophomore running back

who gained 188 yards on

50 carries and led the team

with 11 touchdowns last

year.


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GIRLS LACROSSE

High five! D230 sectional stars started with Bulldogs

JONATHAN BARLAS

Freelance Reporter

Jade Hamilton has been a defensive force for the

District 230 girls lacrosse team. PHOTOS BY JEFF

VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

Maya Brouette (right) scored 51 goals for D230 this

season.

When District 230 co-op

sophomore-to-be lacrosse

player Becca Hallman and

senior-to-be Jade Hamilton

recall their time playing

for the Tinley Park

Bulldogs youth lacrosse

team, both Eagles were not

remiss to mention the coincidence

of their Illinois

High School Association

All Sectional honors, May

21.

“I was surprised at first

that I was picked,” Hamilton

said. “Then, [when I

saw] that all the girls were

picked that used to play

[on the] Bulldogs together,

it was nice to see how

we’ve all grown and still

play together.”

Hallman, who scored a

second-best 34 goals as a

freshman for the Eagles

this past season, mimicked

Hamilton’s words, not believing

she would be chosen

only after one season.

“I didn’t realize freshman

could be selected to

the all-sectional team,”

Hallman said. “Honestly, I

didn’t even know it was an

option for me to be nominated.

I just went out there,

tried to play my best every

game and help my team

score goals.”

In lacrosse, remaining

aware is only half the battle.

As an up-and-coming

sport, it has more recently

found its way into the

hearts of public programming.

The IHSA has outwardly

adopted the proverbial

secondary sport into

its annual funding, moving

from district-based clubs

to school spirit-clad teams.

The Tinley Park Bulldogs

announced its inaugural

youth boys’ league

in 2013, with girls’ programming

following in

2015 where both Hallman

and Hamilton both played.

Hallman’s father, Ron, is

a founder of the program

and an assistant coach for

D-230, which features

athletes from Sandburg,

Andrew and Stagg and is

based at Sandburg.

Sandburg touts five

IHSA All Sectional nods

in Maya and Skyler Brouette,

Hallman, Hamilton,

and Nicole Sendera and all

played for the Bulldogs.

All five were underclassmen

and figure to be back

in the spring.

The Brouettes were a

force to be reckoned with

on the field. Slotted as

the top two goal scorers

for the squad, both Maya

(51 goals) and Skyler (33

goals) proved to be the dynamic

duo pertinent to the

district’s success. Sendera

was fourth on the team in

scoring with 28 goals as

the team finished the 2019

season 9-8.

After suffering a torn

ACL late in her her sophomore

season, Hamilton’s

seen it all heading into her

senior year. With years of

experience on the field,

the changes she’s seen

within the sport coincide

with her resiliency to keep

getting better – earning

the title as Sandburg’s defensive

captain a year after

her injury.

“This was my first season

back after my knee

injury and I was [happy

to be] playing again,” she

said “The sport has definitively

become more

of a fast pace and a tough

contact sport. [We] pretty

much play year round with

travel and high school,

but when I am off, I have

a rebounder to throw and

catch with and I do training

at Athletic Republic

in Orland a couple days a

week.”

Honing her craft away

from the season, Hamilton

is thankful to be a part of

something bigger than herself.

“The sport of lacrosse

is a welcoming environment,”

Hamilton said.

“[It’s] somewhere you can

meet long-time friends,

somewhere to grow as a

person and learn how to

work with others as a great

team.”

Hallman’s knack for lacrosse

comes in the form

of a family matter, as her

brother also named Ron,

plays on the D230 boys

squad hosted by Andrew.

She said a bit of sibling rivalry

comes into play. The

boys finished 18-3 overall.

“[Lacrosse] has helped

shaped me into the person

that I am today. I have

made so many new friends

through it,” Hallman said.

“I am very thankful for all

of my coaches that I have

had throughout the years

Attacker Nicole Sendera was on of five all-sectional

players on D230’s co-op team who played for the Tinley

Park Bulldogs.

Skyler Brouette (right) scored 33 goals for D230.

and I also love that the

game of lacrosse brings

my family together. My

parents are the ones that

introduced us to the sport

we love. I thank them for

being our coaches and our

biggest fans.”

With each all-sectional

player returning next season,

Hallman is not only

excited to get back on the

field and play, but also

gives credit to the team

that helped her realize her

full potential.

“Thanks to the Tinley

Park Bulldogs lacrosse

program,” Hallman said.

“The sport of lacrosse

has grown so much over

the past seven years in

the south suburbs. I love

that the competition has

increased and the sport is

becoming more popular.

I feel that there is a certain

level of respect that is

shown to lacrosse players

that didn’t once exist. We

play in the rain, we play

in the snow, we play in

the cold. We are pretty

tough.”


44 | August 8, 2019 | the orland Park Prairie sports

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Orland pool star leads team to world event in Vegas

STEVE MILLAR, Contributing Editor

The Slop Shots pool team, qualified for the APA World Championship in Las Vegas. Team members include (left to right) Scott Coppens of

Orland Park, Randy Fencl, Rick Meter, Ken Kazaitis, David Valencia, Daniela Valencia, Jason Brown and Jeff Pazdan.

STEVE MILLAR/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

The American Pool Players

Association’s 8-Ball World

Championship is billed as the

largest amateur pool tournament

in the world, attracting more

than 700 teams from the United

States, Canada and Japan.

Slop Shots, a Mokena-based

team which calls The Alley its

home, is among the qualifying

teams this year for the event,

which is set for Thursday, Aug.

8 to Aug. 15 at the Westgate Las

Vegas Resort and Casino.

According to the APA website,

nearly 250,000 players are a part

of APA teams around the world,

and qualifying for this tournament

is the main goal every year.

Slop Shots will make its first

appearance.

“We’re super excited,” said

Orland Park resident Scott Coppens.

“We get free airfare, free

hotel. and I’ve never been to Vegas,

so I can’t wait.”

The Slop Shots, who also

include New Lenox’s Randy

Fencl, Ken Kazaitis, Daniela

Valencia and David Valencia,

Frankfort’s Jason Brown, and

Tinley Park’s Rick Meter and

Jeff Pazdan, have been together

for just two years, though some

of the team members have been

playing competitive billiards

much longer.

Qualifying for the world tournament

was a lengthy process.

Winning a 13-team local session

tournament gave the Slop

Shots a chance to compete in the

qualifying tournament in June

against teams from across Will

County. Only the championshipwinning

team earned the trip to

Vegas.

“There was a lot of pressure,”

Coppens said. “Last year, we

lost in the finals. This year, there

was pressure, pressure, pressure

when we made the finals.

I played first and lost, but we

made a nice comeback.”

Each team selects five players

to participate in each APA

match. Players have handicaps,

one to five, with five being the

best. Each team’s lineup can total

a maximum of a 23 handicap.

“So you can’t just play all

fives,” Coppens said. “It makes

it fair. One team can’t stack a

team with the eight best players

around and crush everyone.”

Slop Shots’ championship

match at the qualifying tournament

came down to the last player

on each team. Veteran David

Valencia played for Slop Shots,

giving him a shot at exercising

some old demons.

“Last year, in the same spot, I

lost it in that last match,” he said,

“I was previously playing in Blue

Island and I lost the last match to

get to Vegas once there, too. So

this was kind of like redemption.”

David Valencia came through

with the win to seal the team’s

trip to worlds. His wife, Daniela,

also had a big win in the finals.

“There are a lot of nerves,”

David Valencia said. “You need

a few [beers] to calm you down.

They put me on the back end because

I can handle that. I’ve been

around a long time, so I don’t

worry too much about it. It came

down to the wire, and I pulled it

off.”

David Valencia is the only

member of Slop Shots who has

competed at the World Championship

before, way back in 1997.

“Just being there is amazing,”

he said. “I’ve been telling everyone

how great of a time it was.”

After that 1997 trip, the Valencias

took some time off from

pool.

“Daniela was pregnant when

we went to Vegas and when we

came back, we stopped playing,”

David Valencia said. “Once my

daughter got out of high school,

we decided to get back into it.

We started playing again four

or five years ago and ended up

catching on with this team.

“It’s a lot of fun. All our kids

are out of the house, so this gives

us something to do and we have

a great time.”

The rest of the team expressed

similar sentiments about playing

for the team, including Meter,

who has played competitively

for seven years.

“You meet a lot of great people,”

he said. “It does get competitive,

but it’s mostly just fun.

“We came so close last year to

getting to Vegas and our confidence

was much better this year.

We didn’t even play to our full

potential the Saturday [of the

qualifying tournament], but we

really came out and played great

Sunday to get there. It’s a total

team effort and it always has

been.”

Brown grew up playing pool

in his home country of England

and has been in the APA for six

years.

He said he has long desired the

opportunity to play at the World

Championship.

“The people who have been

there before tell me it’s just unbelievable

and they say, ‘When

you get there, you aren’t going

to believe it.’ I know there’s so

many pool tables and players.

The last six years, I have had

all these people telling me, ‘You

need to get there, you need to get

there.’

“To finally get there, it’s awesome.”


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Sandburg continues to schedule strong football programs

JEFF VORVA, Sports Editor

A strange thing happened

with Sandburg’s

football schedule last year.

The two nonconference

opponents the Eagles

played — Lyons Township

and Curie — had down

years.

Lyons went 1-8 for its

first losing season since

2008. It snapped a streak

of nine straight Illinois

High School Association

playoff appearances.

Curie was 4-7, and it

marked the first losing season

for the Condors since

2013 and snapped a fourseason

streak of playoff

appearances.

The Eagles caught a

break with the fact that

two schools with recent

success had their worst

seasons in a while, and

they picked up a pair of

victories. They beat Lyons

24-13 on a misty, rainy

night in Orland Park, and

Curie 14-9 in a home game

delayed by storms that was

not decided until the final

play and ended around

midnight.

But the bottom line is

that the coaches and athletic

department officials

have been stacking the

nonconference schedule

with tradition-rich programs

and have not been

scheduling so-called cupcake

programs.

That continues this year

when the Eagles open up

the season with two road

games against Morgan

Park and Hillcrest.

The Eagles open the

season versus Morgan

Park at 7 p.m. on Aug. 30

at Gately Stadium in Chicago.

The Mustangs had a

down year in 2018, going

3-6. But before that, they

racked up 18 straight seasons

in which they made it

to the playoffs, and playing

the team at its home

stadium likely will not be

easy.

“When I coached at

Providence, Morgan Park

got the better of us in a

game,” Sandburg coach

Scott Peters said. “They

are not to be taken lightly

by any stretch of the

imagination. They are one

of the top Chicago Public

League schools.”

The following week, the

Eagles face Hillcrest in

Country Club Hills. The

Hawks are 29-7 the past

three seasons and made it

to the Class 5A semifinals

in 2018. They beat six opponents

by 40 or more

points, and racked up 516

points in 13 games.

This all comes before

the Eagles dive into the

SouthWest Suburban Conference,

which features

perennial powers Lincoln-

Way East, Bolingbrook

and Homewood-Flossmoor.

“We arguably play in

one of the top two conferences

in the state,” Peters

said. “With the DuPage

Valley Conference breaking

up, you have our conference

and the Chicago

Catholic League.”

The Eagles have not

been to the playoffs since

2015, and until the IHSA

changes the landmark

of football from conferences

to districts in 2021,

noconference games will

count for playoff criteria.

Two wins over easy teams

weigh more than two losses

against tough teams.

But Peters, who is scheduled

to start his fourth year

as the Eagles’ boss, said he

wants his team to be challenged

week in and week

out.

Nothing comes easy for Sandburg’s football team during the nonconference season, as the Eagles are shown

battling in a 14-9 victory over Curie that was not decided until the final play. PHOTOS BY JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

“High school football

is a special time,” Peters

said. “You want to play

games every Friday night

that matter. We don’t look

for games that we will

win 40-0. Look at who

we have had over the last

couple of years. All good

programs who do good

things. We’re definitely

not getting any cupcakes

on the schedule.

“You are going to compete

every week. You only

get to play so many high

school football games.

You want to compete every

week. But the bad

thing is that you are not

guaranteed a playoff spot.

If we happen to get in, we

get in. That’s the way our

conference is. There is

nothing you can do about

it, so we try to talk to the

kids about relishing every

opportunity to be able to

play a strong team every

week.”

Even if the Eagles decided

to go shopping for

cupcakes, they might not

be found on the shelves.

“Let’s be honest, they

are not going to play us,”

Peters said. “They look at

us and say, ‘Oh, you have

3,000 kids; we’re not going

to play you.’”

The Eagles are coming

off a 3-6 campaign, but

senior quarterback Jack

Shelton liked what he has

seen during summer drills.

When the Eagles open

preseason camp on Monday,

Aug. 12, he thinks the

squad will be ready for a

turnaround season.

“We have a lot of juniors

who were on a sophomore

team that lost just two

games last year,” Shelton

said. “And we had 78 kids

on the team in the summer.”

He said the Eagles goal

is making it back to the

playoffs, even facing a

schedule with some power-packed

teams that have

beaten his program convincingly

in recent years.

Jalen Austin, who is a returning running back this

season, takes a quick breather in a rainy win over

Lyons last year.

He looks at the schedule

with respect but not fear.

“I think we’re going

to be ready for those big

teams,” he said. “Anyone

who faces us ... it’s going

to be a good game. The

coaches and my teammates

will be ready for them,

and I think we’re going to

shock a lot of people.”

The nine teams on the

Eagles’ schedule combined

to go 58-37 last

season — a .611 winning

percentage.


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fastbreak

THURSDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK

Less might not be more with 900 seconds of contact

JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY

MEDIA

1st and 3

A FEW FACTS ABOUT

SANDBURG’S

FOOTBALL PROGRAM

(ABOVE) HEADING INTO

THE OPENING DAY OF

PRACTICE ON MONDAY

AUG. 12.

1. The last time…

Sandburg’s last

winning season

and playoff appearance

came in 2015

as the Eagles finished

6-4 and lost

in the first-round

to a tough Palatine

squad 20-19 in

overtime.

2. Way back when

The first year of

Sandburg football

was 1955 and the

Eagles finished 1-6.

Their first winning

season was a 6-1

campaign in 1959.

3. Double digits

The Eagles earned

double-digit

victories in three

seasons during

their history – the

best was an 11-1

campaign in 1995.

Jeff Vorva

Sports Editor

Maybe famous

New Jersey

character Tony

Soprano can do something

about this.

Football preseason

camps for high schools

all across the nation have

either started or are about

to start. In Illinois, it starts

Monday, Aug. 12.

In one state out east,

practices are going to be

vastly different when the

season starts.

The New Jersey

Interscholastic Athletic

Association has slashed

the amount of full contact

from 90 minutes a week

to 15. Preseason practices

will go from no limit to

six hours a week.

The Jersey boys who

play football are not the

only athletes getting cut

on contact. Michigan is

slicing it from 90 minutes

to 30 per week during

the regular season.

Others are mulling cuts,

as well.

The good news is that

we have come a long way

from the not-so-good

old days of old-timey,

tough-guy coaches who

worked their athletes in

100-degree weather until

they puked without water

breaks because drinking

water was a sign of weakness.

The bad news is, are we

going too far with this?

Look, if it means less

injuries, I’m all for it.

Let’s vanquish contact

in practices altogether

if there is proof that this

will reduce the number

of injuries. One study

showed that concussions

decreased 57 percent after

the Wisconsin Interscholastic

Athletic Association

reduced its contact

time to no contact in the

first week of preseason

practice, 75 minutes in

the second week and 60

minutes per week after

that. An hour or so per

week sounds like a good

balance, and if coaches

choose to reduce that late

in the season, all the better.

Illinois is still at 90,

but chopping a half-hour

from that wouldn’t bother

me.

But less might not be

more in the big picture

when it comes to 900

seconds of full contact.

If there is less contact

time in practice, there is

less time to teach proper

tackling techniques. Not

all teams have a luxury of

having players who come

to high school fundamentally

polished in tackling

and offensive line play.

Officials in New Jersey and other states are trying to prevent football injuries, but

columnist Jeff Vorva is not convinced that slashing full contact drills to 15 minutes a

week during the season is the right way to go. JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

Some players are learning

the sport in high school.

If a coach finds a big,

athletic kid in the hallway

and invites him to try out,

it might take that player

a long while to learn to

properly tackle an offensive

opponent. Not that

he is a tackling dummy,

but proper technique is

not something that comes

easy to everyone.

There is not much

worse in sports than

watching a team that cannot

tackle. Arm tackling

still goes on more than it

should. Bad tackling could

lead to injuries, as well.

Maybe not concussions,

but broken bones and

shattered knees.

Defensive players who

cannot tackle properly

may be more inclined to

be sloppy and lead with

their heads rather than

their shoulders. That’s no

good for anyone.

Offensive linemen will

have less time to work on

their schemes, and that

could get their quarterback

and running backs

maimed.

Practice Like Pros is an

organization that is keeping

an eye on all of this

and making recommendations

to various state

organizations. That group

is thrilled with the New

Jersey decision, which

was finalized on Feb. 13.

“This is a valentine for

the 23,000 boys who play

New Jersey high school

football,” Terry O’Neil,

the founder of Practice

Like Pros, said in a news

release. “The one certain

way to mitigate football

injuries is to limit contact

in practice. New Jersey

had pioneered a model

that is sure to be emulated

across the country.”

I applaud the group and

what it is doing for safety.

But 15 minutes a week

seems a little too skinny.

Game time is not the

time to be learning on

the job when it comes to

tackling and blocking.

There needs to be a

little more time for rehearsal.

LISTEN UP

“High school football is a special time. You

want to play games every Friday night that

matter.”

Scott Peters – Sandburg football coach

WHAT2WATCH

FOOTBALL, GOLF

Various times, Monday, Aug. 12

• The Illinois High School Association school year kicks off

allowing first practices in football as well as boys and girls golf.

Index

44 - Billiards stars

41 - Athlete of the Week

Compiled by Sports Editor Jeff Vorva,

j.vorva@22ndcm.com


Orland Park’s Hometown Newspaper | August 8, 2019

DOGGING IT All five D230 All-

Sectional girls lacrosse players started out

with the TP Bulldogs, Page 43

WINGING IT Dayton-bound Alex

Hirschfield led Sandburg in career tackles

and once ate 51 chicken wings, Page 42

Once again, Eagles football team has a tough schedule,

including two strong nonconference games, Page 46

Sandburg quarterback Jack Shelton said that his team’s schedule is rough but thinks this year’s squad can give teams

such as Lincoln-Way East, Bolingbrook and Homewood-Flossmoor good battles. JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

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