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Sterk Family Law Group empowers clients with options

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St. George School: Where spirit, grace and success lead to a prosperous future

St. George is celebrating

its 70th year of educating

students in Tinley Park

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by educating children with

the tools needed to become

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world of today. St. George

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The school has an

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We are a strong institution

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The students are involved

in many special service

programs, such as planting

and harvesting food for

neighborhood food pantries

and buying animals

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St. George students

graduate with the skills

needed to bring about

change and service in the


In recent years, we

have integrated the use

of Chromebooks for all

students in grades third

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are used throughout the

primary grades. Current

technology skills are incorporated


the curriculum, enabling

students for success in

high school and beyond.

Google Classroom and

Smart Boards are used in

daily instruction.

All St. George students

in grades PreK through

eighth participate in our

Spanish program. Our

reading and math programs

incorporate all learners

with a blended learning

approach; both are supported

with web-based

enrichment programs. The

writing program incorporates

real-world skills to

develop a love of writing.

Students throughout the

Archdiocese of Chicago

annually take the ACT

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indicates that over 80

percent of St. George students

score in the ready or

exceeding area for future

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Students of St. George

School participate in a variety

of school clubs, such

as Junior Honor Society,

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grade level sports teams,

band and STEM clubs.

St. George welcomes

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St. Mary Catholic School offers advanced learning

Benefits of a learning community

focused on academics, faith and


St. Mary School is a vibrant

and welcoming Catholic school,

serving students in preschool

through grade 8. Since 1949,

teachers have been providing

an extraordinary, personalized

learning environment, allowing

each student to achieve their full


“We chose St. Mary’s for its

community, its extraordinary

faculty and staff, and its exceptional

learning environment,”

said Frank Murray, St. Mary

School Board vice president and

parent. “It is the faith-based,

family community that we believe

is critical for our children’s

academic, social and spiritual

development. St. Mary’s family

is everything we wanted in a

school community.”

See the exceptional learning


St. Mary’s offers 3-year-old preschool

through eighth grade. Visitors

are always impressed with the

school’s facilities, which include a

music room, library, computer lab,

science lab, spacious gymnasium,

and the science, technology, engineering,

art, mathematics classroom.

The STEAM classroom allows

teachers to bring a unique

approach of teaching to enhance

student learning and understanding

of how all things relate to each

other, in school and in life. Unlike

other STEM programs, St. Mary’s

program also emphasizes the integration

of the arts and offers more

creativity to students in the learning

process. The STEAM program

and open classroom setting

allow teachers to facilitate rather

than lecture, resulting in students

experiencing their education as a

process instead of a final product.

St. Mary’s also offers a one-toone

technology program that provides

each student in grades sixth

through eighth with an individual

iPad, a class set of iPads for third

through fifth grade, and kindergarten

through second grade has designated

classroom iPads and smartboards

for educational use. Primary

students also benefit from a certified

reading specialist and teacher aides.

Learn about numerous

extracurricular opportunities and


Students can enjoy many afterschool

programs, including band,

chess, bell choir, youth choir, drama

club, STEM, yearbook, Scout

groups, Student Council, social

events and an extensive athletic

program. Before and after school

care is available for a fee from

6:45-7:50 a.m. and 2:40-6 p.m.

Bus service is an option for those

families who reside in the Mokena

Public School District 159 for a


Learn about tuition assistance

Recent legislation in Illinois

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families to receive scholarships

for up to 100 percent of tuition for

Catholic education. Through Empower

Illinois, families can apply

for tuition assistance in the form of

grants to help pay for their child’s

Catholic education. Additionally,

St. Mary’s offers a special Tuition

Transfer Grant for up to $1,500 per

family ($1,000 in Year 1, $500 in

Year 2) for students entering grades

first through seventh who transfer

from any private, public, charter or

home school. Students transferring

from another Catholic school in the

Diocese of Joliet or neighboring

dioceses are not eligible.

Submitted by St. Mary Catholic

School, 11409 159th St. in Mokena.

For more information, call (708)

326-9330, or visit



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More than books at Mokena Library

As students head back to school,

Mokena Community Public Library

District encourages parents and students

to stop in and see what their

library has to offer.

“Our library provides students

with the tools they need to succeed,”

said Executive Director Cathy Palmer.

Resources at the Mokena Community

Public Library District are

available to anyone who has a library

card. Students can turn to the library

for reference materials and services

that support academic achievement.

Mokena Community Public Library

District houses thousands of

titles in print, a large collection of

eBooks, and numerous online subscription

databases available in the

library and remotely. The library selected

these online resources for you,

so you know you can trust that the

information is accurate.

Students can access free reference

resources 24/7 online at mo

kenalibrary.org. They will have access

to literary criticism, science

and technology, language courses,

readers’ advisory, and much more.

These resources include Gale Virtual

Reference Library — with over

300 research books — and tutor.com

for students in grades K-12 and college

students. Access to tutor.com is

available noon–midnight, seven days

a week. Explore the many ways the

library can help you find the answers

you need.

Come check out the exciting technologies

at the library for STEAM

education. Our 3D printer class

teaches participants to create objects

designed on a computer and print

them out using 3D printing technology.

The virtual reality computer

allows users an interactive learning

experience. You can travel the

solar system, or be shrunk down to

microscopic levels and explore the

human body using the VR station.

The library also meets a wide range

of other technology needs of the student

with internet/Wi-Fi access, public

computers, printers, Wi-Fi printing,

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Assistive Technology Equipment for the Visually Impaired – Color/B&W photocopier/printer

to assist those with dyslexia or others

who may need assistance with reading.

The library also has numerous

programs and activities for students

throughout the year. By providing

school-age children with engaging

programs and amazing collections,

students from all backgrounds become

excited and enthusiastic readers.

This school year, open the door

to a world of possibilities for the

student in your life and sign up for

a library card today. The library also

promotes reading to newborns, infants

and toddlers with 1000 Books

Before Kindergarten. This program

encourages parent and child bonding

through reading. Visit the library

online at mokenalibrary.org, or call

(708) 479-9663 for more information.

Submitted by Mokena Community

Public Library District, 11327 195th St.

in Mokena. For more information, call

(708) 479-9663, or visit


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Our online library is a gateway to extraordinary library resources.

Explore the many ways the Library can help you find the answers

you need at www.mokenalibrary.org.

Download Audiobooks and eBooks

Access RBdigital, our collection of digital copies

of your favorite magazines

Mobile friendly website

Access over 50 Online Subscription Databases

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Become something greater

together at Providence

Catholic High School

Access Science

Science and technology reference materials.


PreK to 3rd - Pairs classic video storybooks with related

nonfiction eBooks.

Activity Corner Online

Thousands of creative projects and crafts for all ages.

Health & Wellness Resource Center

& Alternative Health

Medical journals, pamphlets, videos.

Gale Courses

Online courses for academic learning & professional


Mango Language Database

48 language courses including 14 English-as-a-Second-

Language courses.

Novelist Plus

Readers’ advisory service, information on fiction and

nonfiction titles.


Available from 12pm-12am, seven days a week. Connects

students in grades K-12, College Intro, and adult learners

with online tutors for live, one-to-one help.

Inspired by our Augustinian

values of Truth,

Unity and Love, the

Providence Catholic High

School family is a vibrant

community of believers

and learners, one in mind

and heart on the way to

God. In our spirited pursuit

of excellence as a collegepreparatory

school, we provide

rigorous programs at

all levels in academics, arts

and athletics, along with

extensive extracurricular

activities and opportunities.

In our authentic desire

to witness the Gospel message

of Jesus, we provide

spiritual programs that foster

and promote an enduring

commitment to a life of

faith, prayer and service.

In a safe and supportive

environment, our dedicated,

talented, and highly

qualified faculty and staff

guide students to embrace

individuality, challenge

assumptions, and grow in

confidence and compassion.

We invite young men

and women, along with

their families, to join us in

the blessing that is Providence,

and in so doing,

become something greater


Providence Catholic is

a co-educational, collegepreparatory


high school located on

75-acres in New Lenox.

The students come from

more than 70 elementary,

middle and junior

high schools within a 30-

mile radius of the school.

Providence Catholic High

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Marian students excel in college and beyond

Where will my child thrive? This is one

of the most important questions to consider

when choosing a high school for your student,

as finding the best fit and opportunities

for them is pivotal to college success

and his or her future.

Though not the only determining factor,

a major consideration is strong academic

preparation. Marian Catholic High School

— a co-educational, private high school in

Chicago Heights — focuses heavily on its

college preparatory element as part of the

Dominican tradition of scholarship, one of

the “Four Pillars” of the Dominican Order.

The school has created an environment

that fosters excellence and helps students

rise above and beyond expectations, producing

well-rounded, intellectual individuals

who are well prepared for success in

higher education and future careers.

For example, 23 honors classes and 22

Advanced Placement classes are offered

as part of Marian’s rigorous curriculum. In

2018, 93 AP Scholars graduated, with 37

named as Illinois State Scholars. More than

90 percent of staff holds advanced degrees

and have an average of 20 years of teaching

experience. Among them are vowed religious,

published authors, experienced professions,

world travelers and lifelong devotees

of Catholic education. Many faculty

members are alumni and all are dedicated

to encouraging students to explore their professional

and personal passions.

In addition to academic excellence,

Marian offers students the opportunity to

acquire hands-on leadership and cuttingedge

technology skills. As the only high

school in the country with a four-year leadership

program in which all students participate,

Marian provides leadership training

via academics, athletics, fine arts, band

and student government. Marian’s 1:1 iPad

initiative and new STEM program provide

students the skills they need to succeed.

“At Marian Catholic we are fully committed

to making sure students are prepared

for their next challenge,” said Director

of Admissions Anthony DeCarlo.

Since its establishment in 1958, Marian

has enjoyed a rich cultural and geographical

diversity, drawing outstanding students

from 71 zip codes in Illinois and Northwest

Indiana. The school has a stellar reputation

for excellence in academics, athletics and

fine arts, as evidenced by the fact it was

twice named a Blue Ribbon School and

one of America’s Most Challenging High

Schools by the Washing Post.

With more than 40 clubs and organizations,

students have many options in which

to explore their interests and find their niche

at Marian. The school’s 23 sports teams

have a strong history of competitive excellence.

Championship teams and individuals

are celebrated each year at the state level,

including baseball in 2012, girls basketball

in 2014, boys diving in 2014-15, girls

volleyball in 2016, and wrestling in 2016.

Marian is the proud home of several NCAA

Division I athletes, four NFL players and a

2016 Phoenix Suns NBA draft pick.

Marian’s fine arts program is a source

of great pride. Every year since 1980, the

school’s nationally renowned marching

band has won the Illinois State Championship

in its class, possesses an unprecedented

seven Grand National Championships and

in recent years marched the Tournament of

Roses Parade. The award-winning speech

team has amassed 14 state championships

in the past 10 years in group interpretation,

performance in the round and other categories.

Exceptional performers showcase their

talents in Marian Theater and choir productions,

and the choir has performed at the Illinois

State Capital and Carnegie Hall in New

York City.

The school maintains deep roots within

the local community, as well as a deep

connection to its faith. Spiritual guidance

through the values of Marian’s founding

congregation, the Dominican Sisters of

Springfield, inspires students to help the

homeless, assist with Special Olympics

events, rehab homes in Appalachia and

much more.

Thanks to a robust academic curriculum,

strong extracurricular programming, leadership

training and spirituality, students

graduating from Marian are empowered to

excel in college and beyond. See whether

Marian is a fit for your student.

Submitted by Marian Catholic High School,

700 Ashland Ave. in Chicago Heights. For

more information, call (708) 755-7565, or

visit marianchs.com.


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Mill Pond Dental Group helps patients establish and maintain oral health

Dr. Eric Young knew he wanted

to be a dentist after growing

up in Panama and seeing the

need for improving oral health.

“Poor oral health affect your

teeth and gums but it can also

affect the rest of your body and

quality of life,” Young said.

“Since I was in high school, I

knew I wanted to work in dentistry

to help people with their

oral health and in effect improve

their overall well being.”

Young attended Loyola University

for a bachelor’s in biology

degree, Northwestern

University for a master’s in

Biotechnology and Marquette

University for his doctorate in

dental surgery. He worked as an

associate dentist in Chicago and

the Southwest suburbs but now

owns a private practice at Mill

Pond Dental Group in Mokena.

Mill Pond Dental Group is a

general dental office that provides

a full array of services

from preventative care, such as

general cleanings, to advance

services, such as full-mouth rehabilitations.

After more than a year at

Mill Pond Dental Group, Young

wants to help patients learn and

practice preventative health


“It is important not to put off

your dental work because then

it becomes more expensive and

more involved,” Young said.

“As dentists, we are very good

at fixing and replacing teeth, but

I want prevention to be a standard

of care.”

Young said many times people

wait until they have a problem

to come in for dental work,

when they should come in regularly

so they can keep up good


One of the biggest keys to

maintaining healthy teeth and

gums is to make an appointment

at the dentist at least every six

months for checkups and cleanings.

Young suggests people should

begin seeing a dentist when they

begin getting teeth, which is as

early as the first year of life.

The first visit at Mill Pond

Dental Group will always start

with a comprehensive exam.

During a comprehensive exam,

Mill Pond Dental Group will

take a full series of X-rays to

check everything from gum

health to tooth health. After a

thorough examination, Young

will review all treatment options

so that patients have sufficient

information to make educated

decisions about their oral


“After the comprehensive

exam we will establish what

your needs are and how often

you should come in,” Young

said. “For any patient, regardless

of the condition, a comprehensive

exam is always a good

place to start. We will help create

a customized plan for you.”

The staff at Mill Pond Dental

Group also helps patients

maintain good oral hygiene by

providing at-home oral hygiene

instructions, as well as providing

nutrition tips.

“We can always give pointers

on how you can improve

oral hygiene and give you tips

on other oral hygiene instruments

to keep your mouth nice

and clean,” Young said. “Nutrition

is also important. We can

look at the type of diet you have

and see how it is affecting your

gums and teeth.”

Mill Pond Dental Group

prides itself on putting the patient


“The patient experience is

the number one, most important

thing for us,” Young said. “We

always put our patients first

from the moment you call our

office to the moment you leave

the office.”

Young said communication

is also essential. Patients can

text directly with Young and his

staff. He is also regularly available

by email or phone.

“I make myself available to

talk on the phone with patients

directly,” Young said. “Personalized

care is huge.”

Mill Pond Dental group is

currently accepting new patients.

Take advantage of their

back-to-school special for children

and their new-patient special

for adults this summer.

Submitted by Mill Pond Dental,

18700 Wolf Road, Suite 200 in Mokena,

open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-

Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays,

and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. For

more information or to make an appointment,

call (708) 722-1600 or

visit millponddentalgroup.com.

Written by Alyssa Groh with 22CM

Boost, the content-writing division

of 22nd Century Media, publisher

of this special section and newspaper.

Dr. Eric Young,

his wife Kara

and baby Olivia.

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St. Jude features a strong commitment to academic excellence

St. Jude School is a preschool

to eighth grade elementary

school that has

been a vital part of the New

Lenox community since

its doors opened in 1950.

St. Jude is serviced by the

Augustinian order who

guides with their motto of

truth, unity and love. This

mission also applies to the

school. St. Jude School has

a strong commitment to

academic excellence. We

offer preschool; 2-yearold

(two-day), 3-year-old

(three days - half day and

full day) and 4-year-old

(five day - half day and full

day). Our kindergarten is

full day. Full-day preschool

and kindergarten students

also receive all specials

(gym, art, music, Spanish).

Our students consistently

score high on academic

tests such as the Iowa test

and the high school placement

exams. Twenty-five

percent of our eighthgraders

on average earn an

academic scholarship each

year to a Catholic high

school. Ninety-five percent

of our students in kindergarten

through eighth

grade have scored above

the national percentile average

in reading and math

(AimsWeb, 2019). We also

offer many extracurricular

activities such as: Volleyball,

basketball, fitness,

service club, student council,

band, piano, guitar,

chess club, drawing club,

sign language club, crochet

club and others. New

Lenox residents may also

have bus transportation to

St. Jude School.

Along with a very strong

academic foundation, St.

Jude School provides its

students with a lifelong

commitment to their spiritual

development. St. Jude

School provides an environment

that guides its

students in their spiritual,

moral and character development.

We offer many

opportunities to serve in

our parish, church and

community. Its students

participate in monthly service

projects and always

have their faith to guide

them. We are a close community

and school family

that supports each other,

students, parents, staff and


This year, we are excited

to announce we have

established a new scholarship.

The St. Monica Gift of

Faith scholarship is available

for any families who

need tuition assistance. Up

to 50 percent of tuition can

be awarded. We gratefully

acknowledge the support

of several parish ministries,

such as the Knights

of Columbus, Council of

Catholic Women, Men’s

Ministries and individual

donors for funding this

new scholarship. If you

have considered an excellent,

safe and family-based

Catholic education for

your child, but financially

could not afford it, please

call — this scholarship

may be right for you.

Submitted by St. Jude School,

241 W. Second Ave. in New

Lenox. For more information,

call (815) 485-2549, or

visit stjudes.org/school.


Extracurricular and enrichment


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Family-like atmosphere


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Above national

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Lower student

to teacher ratio

Preschool-8th Grade


with the new St.Monica Gift ofFaith Scholarship


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Future of hearing arrives at South

Suburban Hearing Centers

South Suburban Hearing Health Centers

in Homer Glen, Mokena, Crestwood

and Burr Ridge have worked with many

different types and brands of hearing instruments,

but in most cases, they’ve all

got one major limitation: They’re only

trying to restore a certain function to the

level that you’d expect in someone without

a particular disability.

That’s utterly commendable, but with

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and raise certain senses or functions beyond

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That’s definitely the case for a smart

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its newly launched Livio A.I. device, the

company is reinventing the humble hearing

aid for the machine learning generation.

Not only does the Livio hearing aid

enhance your ability to hear things, but it

can also automatically translate foreign

languages, and even track physical and

mental well-being. Think of it like the

babelfish from “The Hitchhiker’s Guide

to the Galaxy,” only with some extra cool

tech thrown in there for good measure.

Hearing aids have so far been singlepurpose

devices. Livio A.I. changes that.

As well as helping people hear better by

amplifying sound, embedded sensors and

artificial intelligence are turning the hearing

aid into a multifunction health-monitoring

and multiuse device that will help

us lead better lives in many more ways.

The next-gen hearing aid can translate

between 27 languages, has step-counting

features and has the ability to quantify

your “brain score” based on active listening

and social engagement. The device

also uses built-in sensors to automatically

detect if the user falls down. If a fall is

detected, the hearing aid will then notify

designated emergency contacts by sending

alert messages. You can reach one of

the four locations in the south suburbs by

calling (708) 966-4724.

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For more information, call (708) 966-

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From Page 5

School is a college-prep

school and challenges every

student academically.

Whether you are AP, honors,

college prep, or need a

little assistance in the classroom,

there is a place for

every student. Providence

Catholic graduates excel

at top-tier colleges and

universities in the country.

Students receive personalized

college counseling

to make the right choice.

Graduates also receive

more scholarship dollars

than any other high school

in the area.

“Our demanding co-educational,


curriculum is evidenced

by the success of our most

recent graduates who

earned scholarships valued

at nearly $45 million. We

offer inclusive service programs;

in fact, our recent

graduates performed in

excess of 25,000 hours of

community service during

their high school careers,”

said Rev. John Merkelis,

president of PCHS.

Not only do the Celtics

experience excellence in

the classroom, but PCHS

students also succeed in the

athletic and extracurricular

arenas. The Celtics are

home to 30 state championships,

67 state trophies,

hundreds of regional titles,

sectional titles, and conference

championships. The

outcomes of the graduates

from the Class of 2017

demonstrate our elite and

premier education at Providence


“Providing financial assistance

to Providence

Catholic families is a top

priority for the school.

Twenty-five percent of our

families receive some type

of financial assistance. In

fact, this year, $1.6 million

was awarded to our families

in need-based scholarships

and grants, and work

study programs,” said Ed

Barrett, director of needbased


Become the start of

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Providence Catholic High

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families to visit their annual

open house from 10 a.m.-

1 p.m. on Oct. 20. Please

call Mrs. Rachel Ellingson

at (815) 717-3160 with

any questions concerning

Providence Catholic’s

open house. The school is

located at 1800 W. Lincoln

Highway in New Lenox.

For more information

about PCHS, please visit


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Registration open for Gym-Kinetics programs

Gym-Kinetics is gearing up for the start

of its 34th season. Yes, that’s right, Gym-

Kinetics is celebrating its 34th year in business.

With the season approaching soon, the

summer team workouts have been going

great, according to the coaching staff. The

staff for the competitive team includes Victor

Fredrickson, Samantha Fredrickson,

Brad Stegenga, Samantha Hawkinson,

Ashley Rice, Joseph Hodges and Jim Fredrickson.

Currently, Gym-Kinetics has approximately

200 competitive gymnasts on its

team, which is one of the largest private

club teams anywhere in the country. The

southside gym is known throughout the

country for its strong competitive team

but is equally proud of its recreational programs.

“We have a huge team primarily because

we do such a great job at the recreational

level getting the kids proper instruction to

become competitive gymnasts,” Owner

Jim Fredrickson said.

The team at Gym-Kinetics is a powerhouse

in the state of Illinois, with Top 5

finishes at almost every level entered in the

state competitions each year. One of the

levels even had a Top 5 ranking nationally.

Fredrickson said that it all starts when

the student walks through the door for the

first time. Whether its a mom and tot program,

or a higher-level recreational program,

Gym-Kinetics takes pride in how

it teaches, what it teaches and how it progresses

to the next level skill safely. That’s

why its team is so good: It takes the proper

steps starting on day one. For more information

on the competitive team or the recreational

programs at Gym-Kinetics, call

(708) 479-6969.

Recreational programs include: Baby

Gym for walkers up to 2 years old; Mom &

Mini for 2 year olds; pre-school age classes

for children ages 3-5; beginner classes for

both boys and girls starting at age 5; Tumbling

for cheer; advanced classes for boys

and girls of all ages; and the very popular

Ninja classes for children ages 4-12.

Registration is in progress for the upcoming

session, which begins Aug. 19.

Don’t delay, register today. Most class will

fill quickly.

Submitted by Gym-Kinetics, 19220 Ridge

Drive in Mokena. For more information, call

(708) 479-6969, or visit gymkinetics.com.


From Page 3

tie to a key part of Chicago’s

rich history.

“In 1963 my grandpa

bought his first carry-out

store front on Walden Parkway

in Beverly,” said Ryan

Fox, general manager of

the Oak Lawn location.

“From there, he expanded

from two storefronts to

three, and then in 1967

May Capone, Al Capone’s

sister, had a delicatessen on

Western [Avenue].

“Her and my grandpa

used to trade meats and

pizzas. Eventually, she said

that she wanted to get out

of the business and sold the

building to my grandpa,

which is now Fox’s Beverly.”

Fifty years later, Fox’s

Restaurant and Pub still

serves up everything from

tasty pizza, to classic Italian

fare and more at a fair


The Foxes expanded

their family of restaurants

to include an Oak Lawn

location, 9240 S. Cicero

Ave., as well as a Plainfield

location, 14206 S. Lincoln


Fox’s prides itself on offering

customers a familylike

atmosphere that serves

fresh, in-house-made meals


That quality is endorsed

by the regulars who return

year after year.

“I think one of the biggest

things that makes us

unique is we’re really big

on family,” said Ryan Fox,

who added, “Everything is

made fresh in house, we

make our own pizza sausage,

our own dough and

we grind our own cheese.”

Live entertainment for

families on the weekends

also makes Fox’s Restaurant

and Pub a go-to spot to

bring the family.

For those who want to

bring a quality meal home,

Fox’s also has an extensive

catering menu to help take

the work out of special occasions.

Its catering menu offers

Italian food with an American

influence and includes

everything from salads and

pasta to hamburgers.

“I’m proud of what my

family has accomplished,”

Ryan Fox said of the family

business. “I like making

people happy when they

come in.”

Submitted by Fox’s Restaurant

and Pub, which has three

locations: 9956 Western Ave.

in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood;

9240 S. Cicero Ave.

in Oak Lawn; and 14206 S.

Lincoln Highway in Plainfield.

For more information,

including hours and menus,

visit foxsrestaurant.com.

Written by 22CM Boost, the

content-writing division of

22nd Century Media, publisher

of this special section

and newspaper.



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SS. Cyril and Methodius School — Learning

together through faith, kindness and service

For more than 130 years, SS. Cyril

and Methodius School in Lemont

has provided area students from pre-

K through eighth grade with the opportunity

to receive an outstanding

Catholic education. Our graduates go

on to a variety of local high schools,

are placed in advanced classes, and

receive scholarships based on both

academics and service.

Our academically challenging

program is enhanced through physical

education, Spanish, technology,

art and music. Students in the junior

high are also provided the opportunity

each week per trimester to choose

an extra elective course in Spanish,

art or STEM. Classroom teachers

departmentalize, providing students

the opportunity to work with different

teachers who have endorsements

in their assigned subject areas.

Along with the academic program,

our students have the opportunity to

be involved with a variety of extracurricular

programs. SSCM has a dynamic

athletic program offering basketball

and volleyball. Students can

also participate in newspaper, student

council, National Junior Honor

Society, choir, band, robotics and

chess on a regular basis. During the

year, we also have a talent show and

a spring musical. SSCM also offers

both a before and after school program,

along with a uniform recycling

program. Students living in Lemont

are eligible to receive bus service

from the local school district, as well.

The facilities offer wireless technology

and smart boards in all of the

classrooms. We have a 1:1 program

for the junior high, Chromebooks in

our computer lab, and four Chromebook

carts located throughout the

school. Textbooks are updated on a

regular basis and available online,

along with homework and grading.

SSCM has an outstanding faculty

and staff committed to meeting individual

needs and who are involved

each year in a variety of professional

growth opportunities. Through professional

development, teachers

have the chance to stay current in

best practices for education. SSCM

teachers work together on a variety

of “teams” to help provide extra

events and opportunities within each

classroom. Teacher assistants are

available and help the classrooms in

a variety of ways.

We welcome our parents as partners

in the educational program.

SSCM provides a variety of opportunities

and programs for parents to

become more involved with their

child both during and after the end

of each school day.

Our entire school family welcomes

prospective families to tour

our school and we offer “shadow

days” for students. Please call our

office at (630) 257-6488, ext. 21 to

request information or to arrange a


Submitted by SS. Cyril and Methodius

School, 607 Sobieski St. in Lemont.

For more information, call (630) 257-

6488, or visit stcyril.org

Join Phil & Amy for

music and travel

Chicagoland favorites Phil

& Amy return to Starved Rock

singing Broadway greats and

memory lane Favorites. All

their shows have sold out since

their lodge debut in 2016. The

duet team is being joined again

by their daughter Lucie and

violinist Jodi who love performing

together for audience

after audience. The Aug. 19-

21 shows are almost sold out

through the lodge, but seats

are still available for purchase

through philnamymusic.com

or by calling (708) 687-3302.

Packages include the St. Christopher

Tours motorcoach, luncheon

and performance. Departure

and return locations are

in Tinley Park and New Lenox.

New this year is a package option

that includes an overnight

stay at the lodge and much

more. When calling for reservations

be sure to sign-up for

the raffle that offers a couple of

free seats for the bus, luncheon

and show.

When not on stage, the husband

and wife team love hosting

one-of-a-kind motorcoach

tours. Maybe it’s the right time

for you to be on board with

Phil & Amy’s St. Christopher

Tours deluxe motorcoach excursions

for carefree travel.

For more than 25 years Phil &

Amy have been hosting oneday

and overnight luxury motorcoach

trips. Their St. Christopher

travelers have toured all

around the country to exciting

getaway destinations across

the United States and Canada.

Once again, St. Christopher

Tours takes care of all the planning

details so travelers can

enjoy amazing destinations.

Reservations continue to

be received for all of their

Please see travel, 15

630-257-6488 | www.stcyril.org/our-school/

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St. George School

A preschool - 8th grade school focused on developing the whole child for success in the 21st century.



• Catholic faith curriculum

• Daily prayers and lessons

• Weekly all school Mass

• Sacramental preparation

• Grade Level

Service Projects

• Corporal and Spiritual

Works of Mercy


• Bi-weekly PE Classes

• Secured playground

• Daily recess/free play

• Interscholastic

boys/girls sports

• Indoor Soccer for students

in Pre-K

through third grade

• Fitness Club


• Computer Research Lab

• Science lab/

Discovery Lab

• Music and art education

• Foreign language program

• Smart Board

equipped classrooms

• Chromebook for all

students: grades 4-8




• National Junior

Honor Society

• Peer & Teacher tutoring

• Chess Club

• Student Ambassadors

• And many more…


6700 W. 176 th Street | Tinley Park, Il. 60477 | (708) 532-2626 | stgeorgeschool.org

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Decades of excellence at Noonan

Noonan Elementary Academy,

founded in 1995 and

integrated with academic

excellence, is a private, independent

school with a classical,

Catholic curriculum.

Faith formation was the inspiration

for and continues to

be, the purpose of the school.

“As the founder of Noonan

Academy, I found it my

vocation to help guide children

spiritually and provide

the best educational experience,”

Dr. Roberta “Bobbie”

Noonan said. “It is

here, in this school, where

students will develop a

foundation needed to lead a

successful and fulfilling life.

It is a privilege to open the

minds and hearts of children

to the love of Christ. And

I am proud to say Noonan

Academy offers students

both a superior education

and the support of a warm

Catholic community.”

The academy, located in

Mokena, recognizes that

each child is unique. The

school is committed to providing

each student with

an individualized plan for

educational success and the


From Page 13

upcoming events. In October,

a three-day visit to

Frankenmuth, Michigan

provides wonderful fall

colors, a great Bavarian

getaway, and a visit

to Bronner’s, the world’s

largest Christmas store.

After heading west with

what traveler’s praised as

“The best and most scenic

trip ever” to Yellowstone

in 2018, the “Go West

Again” happens again

next June of 2020, featuring

a breathtaking, scenic,

11-day tour to The Grand

Canyon and the southwest

Canyonlands. The everchanging

landscapes of

canyon country are something

that everyone should

structure for the development

of the complete person:

mind, body and spirit.

Noonan Academy maintains

an environment that is a

catalyst to learning. It has a

teacher-to-student ratio and

various resources that allow

the gifted, average and

at-risk students to maximize

their potential. Noonan

distinguishes itself by providing

the most classroom

time, smaller class sizes, the

broadest curriculum, extensive

extracurricular activities,

and a culture that fosters

strong character formation

and spiritual growth.

Students at Noonan

Academy, on average, attend

school 185 full days per

year. This combined with an

extended school day translates

into as many a 30 more

days per year, or 20 percent

more classroom time than

that of other local schools.

By the time students graduate,

they will have benefited

from nearly two additional

years of instruction. Also,

Noonan offers before-andafter-school


Noonan Academy’s dedication

to the overall wellbeing

of children is evident

in its rigorous health and

safety programs, which include

reverse osmosis water

system, HEPA filters in

the furnaces, high-shock

absorption flooring in the

gymnasium, and a very detailed

nutrition policy that

encourages healthy choices

by disallowing foods containing

excessive sugar, artificial

sweeteners, colors,

and flavoring or any other

chemical additives.

Students are still being

accepted for the 2019-2020

school year, and registration

forms are available on the

school website. Additionally,

scholarships are available.

Please contact Mr. Dunn,

Principal. Noonan Elementary

Academy is located at

19131 Henry Drive in Mokena.

To schedule a visit, please

call (708) 479-8988. Learn

more at noonanacademy.org.

Submitted by Noonan Elementary

Academy, 19131 Henry

Drive in Mokena. For more information,

call (708) 479-8988,

or visit noonanacademy.org.

witness in their lifetime.

Each stop will leave you in

awe of its unique beauty, a

beauty that only the forces

of nature can accomplish

over centuries of time.

Bryce Canyon and Zion

National Parks, Glen Canyon

Dam and Lake Powell,

world famous Scenic

Highway 12, amazing

visits in Colorado and on

the river, and a horseshoeshaped

round-trip that features

“Kicks” of historic

attractions of Route 66 on

the westward leg.

Later in June 2020, St.

Christopher Tours visits one

of their favorite treasures,

Mackinac Island, Michigan,

featuring The Mackinac

Bridge, bikes, horses and

carriages, famous fudge,

and the historic Grand Hotel.

Upon arrival in the Upper

Peninsula, enjoy a meal

overlooking beautiful Lake

Huron and an optional visit

to a local casino.

A growing list of oneday

trips include: The

Best of Route 66, first

150 miles; The Shrine

of Christ’s Passion in St.

John, Indiana; Phil & Amy

performances at Starved

Rock, August and December

dates; Drury Lane’s

“American in Paris”; Paramount

Theatre in Aurora’s

“Kinky Boots”; and Lyric

Opera’s “42nd Street.”

Submitted by Colony Productions

Inc, 5348 Forest Trail in

Oak Forest. For more information,

call (708) 687-3302,

or visit philnamymusic.com.


in your future!

Be it known to all who enter here that Christ is the

reason for this school: the unseen but ever present

teacher in its classes; the model of this facility; the

inspiration of its students.

• Test scores significantly

above national norms

• 20% more class time than

other local schools

• Smaller class sizes

• Differentiated instruction

with 7:1 faculty student ratio

• State-of-the-art computer

lab & SMART® Boards in every


• Award-winning speech, drama

& chess programs

• Before and aer school care

• Sacrament preparation in 2nd

& 8th grades

• Additional classes in Spanish,

Latin, Fine Arts, Logic,

Nutrition & more

• 3 year old Pre K through

8th grade.

• STEM Lab, Engineering

& Robotics, Computer Science

& more


Limited Spaces Available

19131 Henry Drive – Mokena, IL 60448



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Become Something Greater...

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• 97% continued their education at the college level

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• 25,000 + hours of service performed in the community

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