Fire and fun New Lenox Fire Protection

District’s Family Fun Day allows children to

interact with firefighters, ‘put out’ fire, Page 4

Pack it up New Lenox Library

and residents pack backpacks for

children in need, Page 6

Tee time LWSRA golf

outing draws more than 100

golfers, Page 7

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Children and their families spend night with local organizations at National Night Out

sponsored by the New Lenox Police Department, Page 3

Sullivan Green,

6, of New Lenox,

sits in the driver’s

seat of a police

car turning on the

sirens, Aug. 6, at

National Night Out

in the New Lenox

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Pop-Up Park Party

6-7:30 p.m. Thursday,

Aug. 15 Sharon’s Bay

Park, 2523 Bluestone Bay

Drive. Join us each night

as we have a Pop-Up

Party. Popcorn and lemonade

will be available

(while supplies last) along

with music and games, so

bring the whole family.

We won’t reveal the park

we will be at until a week

before the party, so stay

tuned to our Facebook

page and website to find

out the locations of the


Lincoln-Way D210


7 p.m. Thursday, Aug.

15, Lincoln-Way Central

Knights’ Round Table

Hall, 1801 E. Lincoln

Highway. The LW D210

Board will meet after not

meeting in July.


Ladies Night Out

4-8 p.m. Friday, Aug.

16, New Lenox Village

Commons, 101 Veterans

Parkway. Ladies Night

Out features an evening

of shopping, sipping, and

entertainment in the Village

Commons. Grab your

girlfriends and join us for

this night out on Friday,

Aug. 16. The event takes

place from 4:00 to 8:00

p.m. with a performance

from CK and The Gray

beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Admission is free and

open to all ages.


Adult Board Games Club

5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug.

20, New Lenox Public Library,

120 Veterans Parkway.

Join this enthusiastic

group for a game or two.

From board games to card

games and anything in between,

there is something

for the gamer in you.

Typically, the group plays

something from the eurogame

genre. Of course,

the group is open to new

games as well, so bring

your favorite and share.


Writers Group

6-7:45 p.m. Wednesday,

Aug. 21, New Lenox Public

Library, 120 Veterans

Parkway. Come discuss

your writings with others.

New members are always

welcome. The group

meets twice a month.


Your Light Still Shines

5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday,

Aug. 22, Lincoln-

Way West High School,

21701 Gougar Road. Join

us for an international

overdose awareness day

event presented by the

Village of New Lenox and

the New Lenox Safe Communities

America Coalition.

It includes a Narcan

training, informational

and memorial tables,

HERO “hidden in plain

sight” trailer, unwanted

medication takeback and

many speakers. For more

information contact Dan

Martin at (815) 462-6493

or at dmartin@newlenox.


Water Lantern Festival

4-9 p.m. Saturday, September

7, New Lenox

Village Commons, 1 Veterans

Parkway. Water

Lantern Festival is an incredible

experience where

thousands of family,

friends, and strangers celebrate

life together. Water

Lantern Festival brings

together individuals from

all ages, backgrounds, and

walks of life to join in one

emotional and memorable

night. You’ll cherish these

moments as you witness

the beauty of thousands

of lanterns reflecting upon

the water. Tickets are $30

through Aug. 31. Included

in the price is entry, floating

lantern, commemorative

drawstring bag,

marker and wristband,

For ticket and more information,

visit https://www.




LW Class of 1989 30-

year reunion

8 p.m.-midnight, Saturday,

Sept. 21, Trails Edge

Brewing Co., 20 Kansas

St. Frankfort. The Class

of 1989 will be holding

a 30-year reunion. This

is an 80’s themed occasion,

dressing 80’s style

is highly encouraged. The

cost is $25 per person advance

purchase, $30.00 at

the door. Alumni can purchase

tickets via Venmo

or PayPal to stacynasr@ You can also

purchase tickets directly

at Ranch Frostie, 1259

N. Cedar Road in New

Lenox. Other LW classes

are welcome to purchase

tickets at the door. Please

contact Sheryl Carter

(312) 859-6770 for more


Lincoln-Way High School

50-Year Class Reunion

Saturday, Oct. 12, New

Lenox VFW, 323 Old

Hickory Road. LWHS

class of 1969 will be celebrating

its 50-year reunion.

The cost is $35 per

person and the deadline to

register is Sept. 1. A Friday

night gathering is also

being held at 3 Corners

Grill & Tap, 901 E. Lincoln

Highway. Other LW

Central alumni are welcome

at both events. For

more information contact

D. Holm at (815) 485-



Bags ‘n’ Beer

6:30 p.m. Wednesdays,

Thomas E. Hartung

American Legion Post

1977, 14414 West Ford

Drive, New Lenox. Everyone

is invited to the

weekly bean bags tournament.

Teams are selected

by random draw at 6:45

p.m., and the games start

at 7 p.m. The fee to join

is $5, and first, second

and third place get prizes.

Bocce ball and horseshoe

pits will be open for the

public too.

Chess Club

10 a.m. Thursdays, New

Lenox Commons benches,

101 Veterans Parkway,

New Lenox. Group meets

at the benches in the commons

next to the pond

until after noon. Open to

anyone, from beginner to

master, who enjoys playing

chess. For more information,

call (815) 485-



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A headline in the Aug.

8 edition of The Patriot

incorrectly had the

headline as a “Century

21 sponsorship.” The

sponsorship is from

“Homes for Guardians”

by two Century 21


Fall Prevention Screenings

Silver Cross Hospital,

1900 Silver Cross Blvd.,

New Lenox. The Rehabilitation

Institute of Chicago

at Silver Cross’ Brain

and Balance Clinic offers

free Balance Enhancement

and Fall Prevention

Screenings year round to

determine fall risk. The

15-minute screening conducted

by a RIC physical

therapist includes medical

history, blood pressure

measurements, and

balance assessment to

identify risk factors, posture,

range of motion,

strength, static and dynamic

balance. To schedule

a screening, call (815)


Electronics Recycling

5-7 p.m. every second

and fourth Wednesday of

the month, New Lenox

Township Office, 1100 S.

Cedar Road, New Lenox.

The Township will properly

dispose of electronic

waste, including hair dryers,

fans, computers, cell

phones, etc. The Township

is providing this service

to our residents as a

satellite collection site for

Will County Land Use

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the new lenox patriot | August 15, 2019 | 3

National Night Out draws in hundreds of families

Sean Hastings, Editor

As police sirens rang

throughout the New Lenox

Village Commons courtesy

of local children taking

turns sitting in the driver’s

seat of a police car, other

families walked around engaging

with other village

groups and businesses,

Aug. 6.

National Night Out was

a chance for local children

and their families to interact

with the police officers

that serve their area and see

them in a different setting.

Attendees were also

able to interact with people

from the fire department,

New Lenox Park District,

New Lenox Public Library,

CERT, from Old Plank

Trail Community Bank,

which had snow cones, and


They did all this as longtime

New Lenox resident

Dave Bellah played music

on the front steps of the

New Lenox Police Department.

Children got to spin

prize wheels at multiple tables

and earn prizes in other

ways at different spots.

One adult, New Lenox

resident Doug Hudik, went

home with a 55-inch 4K

Flat Screen TV raffled off

by Joanna Seebeck from

RE/MAX at Home. She

was one of the vendors at

National Night Out and

had over 350 residents participate

in the raffle.

But overall, it was just

a night for multiple organizations

to be in the same

room and inform the public

of their services and have


Officer Paul Simon, organizer

of the event, was

happy with the turnout.

“It’s cliché, but it really

is a complete group

Hundreds of people showed up to interact with local

officials, have snow cones, play games and more.

effort,” Simon said. “It’s

talking to my predecessor

who did it before me, asking

advice, consulting with

the chiefs and the deputy

chiefs and Beth Alderson

from the Village. I cannot

say enough about her and

helping make this happen.

She walks on water.

“All the street departments,

sponsors and all

these different factions of

the village come together.

It’s a police event, but

look around, you see officers,

cadets, CERT, other

Village employees, and

they’re all talking. That’s

what I like to see the most.

That’s my favorite thing

about it.”

Simon is the school resource

officer and community

policing officer. At

different events, Simon is

approached by local children

to say “hi.”

“I’m seeing some faces

that are familiar,” he said.

“I’ve got some of my kids

in the school throwing

shaka or giving me high


“Shaka” is a friendly

gesture, which Simon

brought back from his travels

to Hawaii, showing the

spirit of aloha.

Just as the children

were excited to see “officer

Paul,” their eyes lit up

when they sat in the police

car and turned on the sirens.

Six-year-old Sullivan

Green has been in a fire

engine before but said he

liked the police car better.

“My favorite part was

when it went ‘whee-oo,

whee-oo,’” he said.

He also liked that the

police car had a computer

inside of it.

While a majority of the

attractions were geared toward

children, a few stops

on the Commons street

were for adults.

The HERO Hidden in

Plain Sight Trailer was

parked on the drive with

other members of HERO

there to take parents

through a mock up of a

teenager’s bedroom for

what they could find hidden

in their child’s bedroom.

The goal of the trailer

is to help educate parents

where they could keep

their children safe.

The DEA table was set

up next to the trailer also

Matthew Hackney, 6, of New Lenox, spins the wheel at the New Lenox Fire Protection

District table at the National Night Out event held in the Village Commons on Aug. 6.

photos by sean Hastings/22nd Century Media

educating parents.

For Simon, it was nice

to have all those organizations,

which all have missions

geared toward the

same thing, in the same

space for a night when

most of the time they are

all separate.

“It’s become especially

[important] here because

we try to stay in touch with

the community,” Simon

said. “Events turn out to

be long conversations. It’s

one of the reasons I asked

for the position. Communication

is everything. Having

fun showing off things,

giving away things and

talk about other things to

reduce crime.”

He added National Night

Out is the most informational

and fun way to keep

people engaged and get the

information out there.

Tinley Park


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Residents enjoy afternoon with firefighters at Family Fun Day

Lee Cruz, Freelance Reporter

There was no shortage

of entertainment and

education delivered to

the more than 500 visitors

who stopped by New

Lenox Fire Protection District

Station 1 to participate

in the annual Family

Fun Day event on Aug. 3.

The function was coordinated

by Marisa Schrieber,

Fire and Life Safety Educator,

who spoke enthusiastically

about its value.

“It’s a way for the Fire

District to give back to the

community, a day to invite

everybody out to enjoy

the firehouse and see

the different things that

we can do,” she said. “It’s

not every day that you can

take a ride in an engine.

You also get one-on-one

time with firefighters here.

Normally we only see you

on your worst day, and

so to actually be able to

come out and have fun,

talk to firefighters, and engage

with them in positive

ways is what we definitely

want to have happen.”

Throughout the occasion,

children took turns

at discharging a hose to

extinguish a mock house

fire at a safety simulator,

gained an education on

various home hazards and

escape plans in the fire

safety house, or simply

expended energy through

unstructured play in an inflatable

bounce house.

Meanwhile, parents

were also actively engaged

in the function, as plenty

lined up to take a brief ride

with their children on a fire

engine, and many eagerly

escorted their children to

have a photo identification

card produced by the New

Lenox Police Department.

The event also featured

a side-by-side fire burn

demonstration that highlighted

how quickly a fire

might accelerate and the

devastation that might occur

in a room not equipped

with a sprinkler system

versus a place that has one

installed. As fire staff educated

families through the

use of numerical data and

the physical demonstration,

one could hear parents

also commenting to

their children on the heat

radiating from the fire at

a far distance and reminding

them how extremely

dangerous fire can be.

In addition New Lenox

Police Department, also

present were several other

community organizations

that often work in collaboration

with or in support

of the Fire District, such

as Silver Cross Hospital,

the New Lenox Public Library,

and the New Lenox

Community Emergency

Response Team.

CERT is an organization

that educates the community

on emergency preparedness,

and furnishes

volunteers to support first

responders during emergencies

as well as during

Conor Kettering, 3, and his mother, Wendy, of Lockport, extinguish a house fire at the fire safety simulator activity,

Aug. 3 at the Family Fun Day at the New Lenox Fire Protection District Station 1. Lee Cruz/22nd Century Media

large-scale community

events. One of its members,

Siobhan Matthews,

found participating in the

event beneficial for both

the community and their


“We’re teaching the

kids about preparedness,

such as what you do when

there is an emergency

and what you pack in an

emergency bag,” she said.

“We’re also recruiting

new people to be a part of

our organization, so that,

if there is an emergency

in New Lenox, we have

a larger pool of people to

help out. It also helps that

we get to network with

some of the groups that

we might be working with

at an event or an emergency.”

Another organization

represented was the Illinois

Fire Safety Alliance,

a nonprofit group that provides

support programs

for burn survivors and that

promotes burn prevention

and fire safety. Executive

Director Philip Zaleski

was appreciative for the

invitation to participate in

the occasion.

“We’re trying to help

the public understand the

value of having working

smoke alarms and working

sprinklers, and trying

to educate them to prevent

fires in their homes,” he

said. “That’s our mission

and that’s the mission of

the fire department, so

we’re all working together

to push that same message.”

A new component of

the event this year was

the Controlled Burn Beef

Cook-Off, which is usually

held as part of the Proud

American Day activities

in New Lenox. The New

Lenox Cancer Foundation,

a multi-time victor of the

competition, claimed first

prize again this year.

New Lenox Fire Protection

District Foundation

President Tim Hartnell,

who coordinated

the cook-off, was more

focused on who the program

benefits than on the

competition, as the teams

prepared more than a

hundred pounds of meat

that will help provide approximately

800 meals for

Morning Star Mission.

“The Foundation’s job

is to provide resources for

the Fire District that aren’t

in the budget, as well as

to build community relationships,”

he said. “Our

primary goal is to save

a life, and part of saving

a life is feeding people.

So, we look at this as all

in conjunction with what

we’re doing as a foundation.

Any time that we can

help provide 800 meals to

feed folks who just need a

hot meal and to feel some

love and fellowship, we’re

blessed. So, for us, this is a


Alex Boone, of New

Lenox, dropped by with

his son, George.

“It’s good for the kids

to see the fire department

being interactive with

the people of the neighborhood

and the community,”

Alex said. “The

kids seemed to learn not

to always be scared when

they see a fireman. And it

seemed like all the kids

here had a lot of fun.”

Deputy Fire Chief Daniel

Turner noted that the

event has value in training

children to be proactive

instead of reactive in regards

to learning about fire


“We want it to be fun

for the kids, but also educational,”

he said. “For

example, our fire safety

house has elements that

are fun, but it also has

messages that teach them

about fire safety and we

teach them about exit drills

in the home. When something

scary happens, you

need to keep your head in

the game and not get too

excited. Hopefully they

can carry some of these

messages we teach into


Fire Chief Adam Riegel

also felt that Family Fun

Day offers a healthy balance

of festive and practical

activities. He said the

biggest thing is just being

able to welcome the community

into the fire station,

let the firemen spend some

time with them, and do

some fun things with the

kids and the families.

Please see Fun Day, 5 NEWS

the new lenox patriot | August 15, 2019 | 5

Locals get tips, tricks on how to

survive an active shooter situation

Sean Hastings, Editor

The Village of New

Lenox held a “surviving

an active shooter” event

through its Safe Communities

America Coalition

on Thursday, Aug. 8,

which was designed by the

National Safety Council.

The event did not have

an active shooter simulation

and was strictly information

based. It was

already planned before

the tragedies that struck El

Paso, Texas and Dayton,


Approximately 120 people

showed up to the event

led by Safe Communities

Coordinator Dan Martin.

Martin used different

videos to help give examples

of how people can be

prepared if they ever get

caught in the situation.

The sad part for Martin,

he said, is he teaches the

class often and always has

new information to talk

about. This time being the

El Paso and Dayton shootings

that took place the

weekend of Aug. 2.

One video Martin used

early on was of a woman

who was in a movie theater

shooting in Lafayette,

LA. in 2015. She said in

the interview she thought

the first noise was a firecracker,

continued to hear

sounds and see lights flash,

and did not recognize what

was going on right away.

She was helped out of

the theater by another

woman and said she got

her out four seconds faster

than what she would have

done alone.

Martin said one of the

first steps to surviving the

situation is to recognize it

right away and react, because

a lot can happen in

those four seconds.

In his presentation, he

touched on the six categories

for situational awareness,

provided by the NSC.

Ranked 0-5, were being

tuned out, relaxed and

aware of surroundings, increased

alert to something

being a little off, focused

attention where something

specific catches one’s attention,

high alert confirming

danger, and paralyzing

fear where one is unable to

move or process the situation.

It was also mentioned

that people should use

their situational awareness

to have a plan, identify

two possible escape

routes, find places to hide

and learn about the emergency

notification systems

and alarms used in case of

an active shooter situation

and places one frequently


A video of a mock active

shooter in a workplace was

shown to provide those

scenarios to the attendees.

All of which wrapped

around the three things one

can do during the situation:

run, hide or fight.

Although it may seem

cruel, Martin said people

should always try to

evacuate even if others are

staying and encourage others

to leave with them.

The most alarming stats

provided during the presentation

were the trends

in active shooter situations.

In numbers obtained

by the U.S. Department of

Justice and the FBI, from

2000-2013, 160 active

shooter events occurred.

And from 2014-2017, 90

occurred—a four-year

span, averaging 22.5 per


The presentation was interactive

for the audience

as many spoke up about

questions they had or their

thoughts about these types

of situations.

Some spoke about their

workplace evacuation

plans, some said they did

not know what it would be.

Martin encouraged the

attendees to keep their

booklets that provided

much of the information

as well as a section for

them to fill in about survival

plans for different

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Fun Day

From Page 4

You can also get some

really great information,

not only from us but also

from our community partners,

organizations that

can help you with a certain

need or that can help

you find out about opportunities

to get involved in

the community,” he said.

Schrieber and Riegel

were grateful for all the

community organizations

that engaged with attendees

at the affair, and were

appreciative for the free

pizza dished out by Chicago

Dough, the free cookies

offered by Servpro,

and the free snow cones

served by Old Plank Trail

Community Bank, all of

which contributed to creating

the sense of community

they had hoped to

produce and the type of

atmosphere that is likely

to draw another large audience

for next year’s


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6 | August 15, 2019 | the new lenox patriot news

State Sen. Hastings

latest to show

interest in LW

North building

T.J. Kremer III

Contributing Editor

State Sen. Michael

Hastings, along with representatives

of Lincoln-

Way Community High

School District 210 and

Illinois State Police,

toured the shuttered Lincoln-Way

North building

June 27. Hastings then

posted on social media on

July 29 some details of the


Hastings wrote that

he is interested in looking

at the possibility of

repurposing the closed

high school as a new

headquarters for District

5 State Police. Its current

headquarters is in Lockport.

Additionally, the space

not used by ISP could

potentially be used by

other State agencies,

including Central Management

Services, Illinois

Emergency Management

Agency, Department of

Natural Resources and

the Department of Public


Hastings said in an interview

with The New

Lenox Patriot that he

and other State agencies

planned a follow-up visit

“in the next two to three


Hastings said he was not

familiar with the potential

limitations for any sale

of the building under the

current bond agreement

that provided the funds to

build Lincoln-Way North

and Lincoln-Way West,

which voters passed in a

2006 referendum; however,

Hastings stressed that

it was in the best interest

of D210 “to look at anything”

to get the bond debt

off the taxpayers.

“You got to make a decision

here soon or the

taxpayers are going to pay

for it,” Hastings said.

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Local teens pack book bags with

supplies for NL children in need

Sean Hastings, Editor

The first day of school

can be a scary day for a lot

of children for a multitude

of reasons. It can be because

the child is shy, starting

at a new school, or simply

nervous taking a step

up to the next grade.

And then what about the

child who does not have

the basic materials to get

through a school year—

pens, pencils, folders,


Well, with the help of

New Lenox residents who

donated boxes of school

supplies throughout the

summer, and local teenagers

who helped pack the

book bags for New Lenox

students in need, there

won’t be nearly as many

children starting school

without the necessary supplies.

The idea to have the program

came from programming

director Kelli Svancarek

with teen coordinator

Melissa Leggero putting it

all together.

The teens were packing

book bags for children in

fourth through eighth grade

and Leggero had a list of

the number of students in

each grade that needed supplies.

“I didn’t know how this

was going to work with it

being the first time I had

done it,” Leggero said.

“Every time we get the

donations, it’s such a great

thing. I think it’s the best

thing I’ve done here at the

library. It makes me so happy

that I can help.”

Leggero added that she

was surprised that so many

children needed supplies.

“You don’t think about

LW West rising senior Paige Ross looks at the list of supplies to pack a book bag for

an NL child in need. Photos by Sean Hastings/22nd Century Media

it, but you then you realize

there are kids that need

stuff,” she said. “I think it’s

nice because we’re helping

our own kids. We’re giving

[the supplies] to kids in

our own community so it

makes it meaningful.”

And while the teenagers

helping out were given

community service hours,

they all seemed engaged

and wanting to help, especially

because it could be

going to a classmate or a


They don’t know who

receives the supplies, but

for one student helping, she

said as she grew up she did

not always have the supplies

she needed, so it felt

good to give back.

Some of the book bags

were unable to be completely

packed because of

the donations running slim,

Two tables were covered in school supplies including

pens, pencils, sticky notes, notebooks and more.

Students from seventh through eighth grade were on

hand to help.

but Leggero said the library

will make a post on social

media asking for specific

items that were still needed.

So eventually each backpack

will be filled. And

that was the best part for

the students helping—filling

the backpack with all

the needed supplies, rising

Lincoln-Way West senior

Paige Ross said. NEWS

the new lenox patriot | August 15, 2019 | 7

Scores scramble to Sanctuary to support LWSRA

T.J. Kremer III

Contributing Editor

With a pale blue sky

overhead and a slight

breeze to keep the conditions

cool, 159 golfers teed

up for Lincolnway Special

Recreation Association

Foundation’s 12th annual

golf outing Friday, Aug. 9,

at Sanctuary Golf Course

in New Lenox.

Rows upon rows of golf

carts lined the driving

range area for the 11 a.m.

shotgun start, as golfers

eagerly drove off for a day

on the links and the opportunity

to contribute to

LWSRAs programs, which

serve approximately 400

individuals with special

needs in the surrounding

communities, including

Mokena, New Lenox and


Some holes had special

challenges — such as longest

drive, longest putt and

closest to the pin — where

golfers could earn prizes

or additional raffle tickets

for some of the many raffle


Scott Lorenz, president

of LWSRA Foundation’s

board of directors, said he

was glad so many people

chose to participate in this

year’s golf outing because

the money raised goes toward

nearly every aspect

of LWSRA’s programs —

from support of its various

athletic programs to

behind the scenes logistics

that help make any

organization run — all of

which directly or indirectly

benefit the participants.

“I see the benefits that

— not just my son, but

all the participants enjoy

with all the activities, the

Are You “ Illinoid ” ?

All the golf carts line up at the driving range before the

start of the LWSRA golf outing Friday, Aug. 9.

social activities, that are

available,” Lorenz said.

“It’s invaluable to their

growth, not only in sports

but in their everyday life.

It really makes a big difference.”

Executive Director of

LWSRA Keith Wallace

said a big part of the golf

outing is the exposure it

brings for LWSRA and

reaching out to members

of the community who

may not know what the or-

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Participants at Lincolnway Special Recreation

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Meal planning class coming to New Lenox library

Sean Hastings, Editor

The New Lenox Public

Library is giving residents

a chance to learn how to

better prepare and plan

their meals each week.

The event, slated for

5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday,

Aug. 28, is geared toward

the ones who struggle

with the daily question

of ‘What’s for dinner?’

Kelli Svancarek, programming

coordinator for

the library, said it is a perfect

time to have this event

because school is right

around the corner. With the

busy schedules students

are about to have, having

a plan for the week will be

beneficial for everyone.

“We have had a lot of

requests for anything we

could do for cooking demonstrations

and classes,”

she said. “Especially with

school starting and having

to make meals for active

kids and families, it’s nice

to get started early and prepare

for the school year.”

The class will be taught

by professional speaker

and organizer Beth Randall.

She has worked on

a number of projects with

people, helping them become

more organized in

any facet of their life.

She came highly recommended

in a library

programmers group that

Svancarek is in. If people

want to learn more about

Randall, they can visit her

website at

Randall will talk about

different options or choices

for menus that are

meant to make life easier

for people. They will highlight

freezer meals, slow

cooker and Instant Pot options

as well as quick and

healthy menu item ideas

in creating lunches school


“If you can figure out

what day you will prep

your week’s food and get

in that habit, you’re set for

the whole week,” Svancarek


Over 48 people have

already signed up for the

class with not many seats


People interested are

required to register for

the event and can do so at



gram. For any more questions,

contact Svancarek at


It is a free event and attendees

are encouraged

to bring materials to take

notes. Randall will not be

cooking anything and will

keep it informational.

Local Realtors treat customers to

free ice cream to say ‘thank you’

Sean Hastings, Editor

Tony and Jessica Martinez,

of Homes for Guardians

and Century 21 Pride

Realty, held a special event

Saturday, Aug. 10, as a

way to say “thank you” for

their customers’ support.

The two paid for customers’

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customers have an endless

choice of candy to pick

from and in the back is a

small area with endless

choices of ice cream.

The Century 21 Realtors

have their own entity

Homes for Guardians

where the give rebates on

home sales to local veterans,

teachers, union members

and others.

They also sponsor many

of those people in the area

in different aspects of their


As an added bonus, Jessica

dressed up as Elsa

from the movie “Frozen,”

and took pictures

with some of the children

who came in for their ice


Two of those children

were 7-year-old twins

Bree and Ava Newman,

of Manhattan. The twins

smiled as they talked with

Elsa, before they sat down

to enjoy their “Unicorn”

ice cream.

It was the perfect day

for people to get out of the

high heat for a little while

and cool off.

Posing for a photo with Jessica Martinez (Elsa) are Bree (left) and Ava Newman, 7, at

Raffy’s Candy Store Saturday, Aug. 10. Jessica and her husband, Tony, were paying

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month on PR firm in effort

to improve reputation

The Village of Orland

Park is looking to improve

its public image to the tune

of up to $20,000 by the end

of 2019.

On Aug. 6, the Orland

Park Village Board voted

5-2 in favor of a proposal

to hire Reputation Partners,

a Chicago-based public relations

firm to amplify the

Village’s positive attributes

and offerings at the rate of

$4,000 per month.

Trustees Jim Dodge and

Kathy Fenton voted against

the contract.

In the firm’s proposal

to the board, it states, “In

recent years, some of the

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Too much of the coverage

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Dodge was in opposition

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“I was struck by the language

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which goes to mindset,

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much of the coverage has

focused on various political

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That is an inherently political

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a firm focused on brandbuilding

for the Village of

Orland Park.”

Trustee William Healy

said he was in favor of the

idea, especially after the

success of the Taste of Orland.

The new strategy is to be

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Man reportedly robs Bank

of America location

A man reportedly robbed

the Bank of America,

16301 S. Harlem Ave. in

Tinley Park, at 10:07 a.m.

Aug. 6, according to the


A weapon was reportedly

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The offender fled in an

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Young resident recovers

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A young Lockport resident’s

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Four-year-old Gabby

Matlak had fallen into the

pool at a friend’s house,

sustaining life-threatening

injuries, and was subsequently

taken to the Lurie

Children’s Hospital. After

days of agony, Gabby’s

condition has taken a turn

for the better.

According to Becca

Matlak-Hodges, Gabby’s

aunt, her breathing tube has

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use a nasogastric tube instead

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yet but it’s nice to

be able to see her pretty

blue eyes,” Matlak-Hodges


“She has also been able

to be pushed in her chair

around on her hospital


The next step for her is

to come home and begin

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Matlak-Hodges said she

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Four wheels as good as

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The fifth annual Motorcycle

Run in honor of the

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scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday,

Aug. 17. at the Mokena

Pipefitters Training

Center, 10850 W. 187th St.

Organizers of the event

want the public to know

the event it is not just for

motorcyclists; cars, trucks,

military vehicles or “anything

roadworthy and legal”

are welcome to participate

in the ride, said Pam

Toppen, Aaron’s mother.

The 50-mile, policeescorted

ride starts from

the Pipefitters Center, past

Pioneer Cemetery on Wolf

Road, where Aaron is buried,

and down to Abraham

Lincoln National Cemetery

in Elwood, before returning

around noon to the

Pipefitter Center, where

an after-party — open to

anyone — will feature

vendors, food, a cash bar,

raffles and music from

Whiskeyfist, as well as a

brief ceremony featuring

bagpipe music played by

Band of Brothers.

Registration for riders

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Run benefit Our Fallen

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LTHS alumna excited to

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Hannah Pacheco was determined.

The recent Lockport

Township graduate was going

to play college volleyball,

and she was going to

play it someplace far away.

“I was looking at a lot of

schools,” she said. “But I

wanted to go away, go far


Instead, this week Pacheco

will start her collegiate

volleyball career at

the University of St. Francis

in Joliet.

“It’s 10 minutes away,”

Pacheco said with a laugh.

“At first, I thought, ‘I don’t

want to go there, I want to

go far away.’”

But a little over a year

ago, that all changed.

“I went to Florida with

my club team at UNO,”

Pacheco said. “Then the

next month [July 2018], I

went to a camp in West Virginia.

I was looking at two

colleges there, Salem University

and Fairmont State

University. But between

going away with my club

team and going to a threeday

camp in West Virginia

I was like, ‘No, I can’t be

away from my family for

that long.’”

So, it was back to looking


“I decided to email the

coach at St. Francis,” Pacheco

said of Cara Currier,

who will begin her 18th

season as the head coach of

the Fighting Saints this fall.

“She was like, ‘Come on

in; we have an open gym.’

So I did. I really liked the

girls, they were all awesome.

I walked the campus

and it felt like home.”

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Sean Hastings

When I was a

kid and we did

lockdown drills

in school, it packed a little

bit more of a punch than

the tornado drills or fire

drills we did, but that’s all

it was. It was just another

drill we did.

And maybe I was naive

to think of why we did

the lockdown drill when

I was just a kid. I kind

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Having finished high

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lockdown drills, but then

going through college, we

never did any sort of active

shooter training as far as

I knew. We did a fire drill

once a semester, but that

was it.

When I was a kid, an active

shooter situation was

something I never thought

of. But now, as an adult,

seeing it happen far too often,

in types of places that

I would frequently go to:

Walmart, bars, a concert,

and more, it just scares me.

I’m not sure what’s going

on now in the elementary

through high school

regarding those drills, but

I can imagine people are

little more cautious and it

hits them a little bit harder

that unfortunately that is a

reality far too many people

have had to deal with in

this country.

Just two weeks ago in

Dayton, my best friend’s

sister and her friends

were across the street 30

minutes before the shooting

happened. She went

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slept through the night, not

knowing it occurred. Of

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but she was asleep and

not replying. Then it got

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hospitals. Thankfully, she

eventually woke up and let

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I have no idea what that

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of my friend’s family, and

especially for all the people

and families who lost a

loved one at a Dayton bar

or an El Paso Walmart.

One place: a spot where

you go to have a good

time, hang with friends

where you should be

worry-free. The other: a

place where you go to buy

your food for the week.

So, now what? Are we

supposed to look over our

shoulder everywhere we


The “surviving an active

shooter” event I covered

Thursday, Aug. 8, had

approximately 125 people

in the crowd. Some were

kids, but most were adults.

What I once would have

thought was a crazy idea

seems almost normal now.

The course ran through

slides that stated you

should think about exit

strategies for places you


Crazy, right? It’s ridiculous

to think that’s where

we’re at right now. It’s

too much of a cycle we go

through where something

tragic happens, we mourn

it, nothing gets done to try

to prevent it from happening

again, another happens

and we go through the

same motions.

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From Page 12

Park district class

introduces children to


Briella Price came to the

Founders Community Center

ready to cook — and

donned a princess apron

just for the occasion.

The 5-year-old Frankfort

resident was one of several

children to attend the

Frankfort Park District’s

Aug. 7 Chocolate Chip

Explosion class, which

instructed young chefs in

baking basics.

Instructor Sharon Koczor

has been teaching children

to cook at the Founders

Community Center

for three years and leads a

monthly cooking class.

Before the baking began,

Koczor went over the

importance of cleanliness

with her students. Stepping

up to the sink, the children

washed their hands and

prepared to mix ingredients.

“Every recipe I bring

here, the kids love,” Koczor

said. “I try and bring

something different that

they don’t make at home.

The most popular cooking

class I do is Cookies

for Santa. I have about 15

kids making cookies. Each

of them makes about 12

cookies each with sprinkles

and more.

“Some of the kids get

flour all over them; their

hands get all sticky from

the frosting,” she added,

laughing. “It’s a mess.

They have a lot of fun.”

Reporting by Mary Compton,

Freelance Reporter For

more, visit FrankfortStation.


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Revolution Church (24520 South U.S.

Highway 52, Manhattan)

More Faith Less Fret Study

6:30 p.m. Mondays.

Held at the house of a

parishioner. Contact the

church for more information

at (815) 418-6555.

United Methodist Church of New Lenox

(339 W. Haven Ave, New Lenox)

Worship Schedule

Traditional worship is at

9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sundays.

St. Jude Catholic Church (241 W. Second

Ave., New Lenox)

Eucharistic Adoration

8 a.m.- 5 p.m. first Friday

of the month.

Lincoln-Way Christian Church (690 E.

Illinois Highway, New Lenox)

HERO Family Support


7-8:30 p.m. every Tuesday.

This group is open

to anyone with a family

member currently struggling

with addiction, suspected

addiction, or currently

in recovery. Family

support meetings provide

helpful tools and information

to better equip people

to help their loved ones

through their struggle.

This group provides a

supportive environment

with others who have had

similar experiences and

an opportunity to meet

and network with others.

Central Presbyterian Church (1101 S.

Gougar Road, New Lenox)

Church Service

10:30 Sundays. For

more information, call the

church at (815) 485-5152.

Trinity Lutheran Church (508 N. Cedar

Road, New Lenox)


5 p.m. Saturday and 9

a.m. Sunday

Christ Mission Church (22811 S. Cedar

Road, New Lenox)

Celebrate Recovery

7-9 p.m. every Tuesday.

For anyone struggling

with hurts, habits, or

hang-ups. For more information,

call Deb at (708)


St. John Orthodox Chapel (112 Church

Street, New Lenox)

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the service is Introduction

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New Life Church (500 Gougar Road, New


Worship Services

10 a.m. Sundays. For

more information, call

(815) 462-0202.

The Hub (1303 S. Schoolhouse Road,

New Lenox)

The Landing

6:30-8:30 p.m. every

Wednesday. This is a

group to help teens break

free from hurts, hang-ups

and addictions. There is

no charge. For more information,

search for Freedom

Haus on Facebook.

Xtreme Church

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. every

Sunday. The Hub partners

with Xtreme Ministries

to host a church

service. There is loud

music and preaching. For

more information, call

(815) 717-8002.

Cherry Hill Church of Christ (2749

Lancaster Drive, Joliet)

Sunday Services

10:30 a.m. every Sunday;

1 p.m. on the first

Sunday of each month

and 6 p.m. every Sunday

except the first Sunday of

each month.

Worship and Bible Service

7 p.m. every Wednesday.

Bible Study

9:30 a.m. Sundays.

Grace Episcopal Church (209 N. Pine St.,

New Lenox)

Sunday Services

8 a.m. Holy Eucharist

Rite II. 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist

Rite II with music,

followed by coffee hour.

For more information, call

(815) 485-6596.

Saturday Service

5 p.m. the first, third

and fifth Saturday of each


Cornerstone Church (1501 S. Gougar

Road, New Lenox)

Men’s Bible Study

6-7:30 a.m. every Friday.

For more information,

call (815) 462-7700.

Worship Service

8:30 a.m. and 10:45

a.m. every Sunday.

Parkview Christian Church (2121 S.

Schoolhouse Road, New Lenox)

Worship Services

4 p.m. Saturdays; 8:30

a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:30

a.m. Sundays.

Peace Lutheran Church (1900 E. Lincoln

Highway, New Lenox)

Church Services

5 p.m. Saturdays; 8:30

a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays.

“From Dope to Hope”

7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday

nights, Opiate Recovery

Group for both users &

their loved ones held at

Peace Lutheran Church.

Peace Buddies

Noon – 2:00 p.m. Sundays.

Peace Buddies is a

special needs youth group

for high school age and

older. New Buddies are

always welcome. You do

not have to be a part of

the church. This group

usually meets on the first

and third Sundays of the

month. For questions,

please see Pastor Dave or

call (815) 529-7546.

Ruth Circle Quilters

9 a.m. Mondays. No experience

necessary. You

just have to know how to

have fun to join. And if

that’s not enticing enough,

we always have snacks!

For more information, call

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the new lenox patriot | August 15, 2019 | 17

Chalk Walk debut showcases talented local artists

Sean Hastings, Editor

Harry Potter, Godzilla,

“Wizard of Oz” and “fighting

childhood cancer,”

were just a few of inspirations

for the masterpieces

created on different sidewalk

squares at the Chalk

Walk debut in the New

Lenox Commons on Saturday,

Aug. 10.

Open to anyone wanting

to leave their mark on

the Commons sidewalk,

some artists spent up to

four or more hours creating

whatever piece of art they


With the temperatures

being as high as they

were and the sun beating

down, many of the

artists brought tents and

umbrellas to keep themselves

out of the direct sunlight.

New Lenox resident

and rising Providence

sophomore Maggie Parham

drew the “Wizard

of Oz.” She knew she

wanted to do something

colorful that would pop,

but to do the “Wizard of

Oz” was a last-minute decision.

“I wanted to do something

that older and younger

people would all know,”

she said.

Parham showed up at

about 10 a.m. and wrapped

up her drawing close to 2

p.m. She recently did a

Sesame Street drawing at

another similar event in

Homer Glen.

Parham won the “People’s

choice” award. Her

strategy paid off.

Another artist who

went the movie route for

his drawing was Chadd

Johnson, of New Lenox.

Johnson based his off of

“Godzilla 2: King of the


Chalk Walk Category


Best in show:

•Jessica Weaver

Best first impression:

•Karen Schuld

Most original:

•Kendall Mullen

People’s choice:

•Maggie Parham

Most New Lenox pride:

•Monique Esquivel

“It’s been a while since I

did art,” he said. “I decided

to do Godzilla to pay homage

to the king himself:


Johnson complimented

his neighbors’ drawings,

which included a lifelike

lion with a sun shining behind

it, just a few squares

down, a “Peppa Pig” picture,

and more.

He also got to the Chalk

Walk when it opened at 10

a.m. and was working past

2 p.m.

Each artist was assigned

their own square to draw

in, and what could have

been an unlucky situation

with a tar spot in her

square, Kendall Mullen, of

Plainfield, used it to her advantage.

She used the tar spot as

a mouth to one of the characters

she drew. It was unnoticeable

and looked like

it was colored in.

She won the “most original”


Mullen does other art,

and when she found out

about the Chalk Walk, she

instantly wanted to do it.

She came saying she was

just going to “wing it.”

All the artists were supplied

chalk from the Village

but were able to bring

their own materials. Some

New Lenox resident Chadd Johnson draws with chalk in his square the Chalk Walk in the Commons on Saturday,

Aug. 10. Photos by Sean Hastings/22nd Century Media

brought brushes to smooth

out their drawings.

Some artists used it as an

opportunity to show their

love for New Lenox. One

artist drew the Commons

pond with the brick structure

that says “Village of

New Lenox,” another drew

a patriotic heart with New

Lenox written on it.

There were at least two

drawings that were made in

support of the fight against

childhood cancer. One had

a drawing of Mario and the

other had the cancer ribbon.

Megan Applegate,

from the Village of New

Lenox, like most of the

others who came to just

look at the drawings, was

amazed by what people

were able to create with

just chalk.

Plainfield resident Kendall Mullen draws in her square with chalk at the Chalk Walk

in the Commons on Saturday, Aug. 10. She said that she was just going to “wing

it.” Mullen won the “most original” category.

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Last Call Before Fall,

but that’s not all

22nd Century Media’s Ladies Night Out wraps summer

schedule, but Ghouls Night Out set for Oct. 3

Joliet Junior College’s chef Kenneth Thompson and chef Renee Lewis teach

attendees how to make Southern-style pimento cheese and tomato pie during the

Ladies Night Out event.

Michele Kueitz (left), of Color Street, shows Ronetta Stewart, of South Holland, how

to apply colorful nail art on Thursday, Aug. 8, during the Ladies Night Out - Last

Call Before Fall event by 22nd Century Media, held at Georgios Banquets. Photos by

Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

Midlothian resident Joannetta Moore picks up popcorn from LaVerne Hall, of

Fabulously Sweet Creations.

Frankfort resident Lori Jacobs creates an artwork at DIY Sign Party during Ladies

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Dads, daughters enjoy an evening under

the sea with the New Lenox park district

Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Reporter

New Lenox residents Bill and Rozlyn Valenta enjoy the

New Lenox Community Park District’s Daddy-Daughter

Date Night. Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

Under the sea was the

place to be as young Ariels

and their Prince Erics journeyed

to Lions Community

Center for the New Lenox

Community Park District's

Daddy-Daughter Date


The two night event –

held on Friday, Aug. 9 and

Saturday, Aug. 10 – provided

approximately 230 local

fathers and daughters with

an opportunity to spend

some time enjoying music,

food, photo ops and more

in a setting fit for a Disney


The theme of “Under

the Sea” inspired several

guests to wear The Little

Mermaid-esque outfits and

everyone was treated to a

special visit by Ariel who

sang “Part of Your World,”

led a dance and stuck

around for photos.

“I think it's a very classic

event. It's a unique

thing that dads and daughters

look forward to every

year,” said recreation supervisor

Tracy Wrase. “We

have food catered from

Joey's. They're always a

big supporter of our events

when I get them catered

and we've got plenty of

food this year.”

The food was one of the

highlights for seven-yearold

New Lenox resident

Sylvia Catt who attended

the Friday night festivities

with her dad, Anthony.

“I like to dance and I like

the food,” said Sylvia.

Anthony Catt added that

he appreciates “being able

to spend some time with

my daughter, nice good

quality time.”

Every year, Daddy-

Daughter Date Night attendees

pose for a souvenir

photo to commemorate

the occasion and this year

a photo booth option was

also available during the

second half of the night.

“The tradition is that they

get one 4x6 or 3x5 picture

with just dad and then we

are setting up a photo booth

so the girls can come back

and take pictures with their

friends and get a little photo

strip with their friends too,”

Wrase said.

Peyton Behland, 9,

Mackenzie Behland, 7, and

their dad Kenneth Sopiarz,

of New Lenox, enjoyed

the theme, the dancing and

spending time together.

“I like all of it,” said Peyton

adding that Ursula is

one of her favorite characters

in The Little Mermaid


Nine-year-old New

Lenox resident Abigayle

Johnson has been attending

the event annually with

her dad, Anthony Johnson,

every year since she was


“It's fun because I get to

spend time with my dad,”

said Abigayle Johnson.

Anthony echoed her enthusiasm.

“I love spending time

with my daughter and seeing

how much fun she has

dancing around with her

friends, having a good

time,” said Anthony.

Several Disney

soundtrack songs – “Beauty

and the Beast,” “You've

Got a Friend in Me,” “Under

the Sea,” etc. – kept the

dance floor filled throughout

the night as did pop hits

like “Royals,” “Brave,”

“Party in the U.S.A.” and

“Shake It Off.” Raffles and

a candy bar added to the

fun-filled evening.

The New Lenox Community

Park District is

gearing up for its fall programing

which includes a

new Community Bonfire

event on Friday, Oct. 18 as

well as a twist on an old favorite.

“Instead of our Poocha-Palooza,

we're calling it

Barks and Brews this year.

We're still going to have the

theme of Pooch-a-palooza

where there's vendors and

different demonstrations,

but we'll have a twist with


“We're going to have

beer and alcohol available

for people who are 21 and

over,” Wrase said.

Resident registration for

fall programs begins on

Aug. 19. For more park

district information, visit LIfe & Arts

the new lenox patriot | August 15, 2019 | 21

Poetry Corner

Housewife Down,

Temperature Rising

Marcia Horan

New Lenox resident

Home’s weather report is

“dust today”

And my vacuum is ready

to attack its prey.

Knickknacks all over

stand their grounds

On tables and shelves

where dust abounds.

Windows to clean, so they

can shine;

It’s a housecleaning day,

and it’s going to be fine.

My goal of course is to

attack all the dust.

When does it fall? When

I’m not looking it must.

Then I’m down on my

knees, cause I’m washing

the floor.

Praying I get up. I’m not

finished. There’s more.

I start to vacuum, and the

motor bucks.

No pun intended, this

vacuum sucks!


From Page 16

(815) 462-9527 or (708)


A Man in Recovery

7-8:30 p.m. Every

Tuesday. This recovery

group is for those who are

struggling with addiction

or those who love someone

struggling. For more

information, call Tom at

(815) 354-3195.

Bible Study

10 a.m. Every Wednesday.

For more information,

call (815) 485-5327.

The Journey Church (14414 W. Ford

Home’s weather report is

now “stormy today.”

Garbage picked up, I must

not delay.

Dirty dishes thunder in

kitchen sink.

I must dry an old batch as

quick as a wink.

Accumulated laundry still

sits in the hamper.

As I think of this day –

could it get much damper?

The doorbell rings and I

wonder whose there.

It’s a Molly Maids’ rep

and an answer to prayer.

Now the housework’s no

bother and I’m not afraid,

Cause I signed a contract

to hire a maid.

Now windows she cleans,

and they sparkle and


Next housecleaning day

it’s going to be fine.


Drive, New Lenox)

Worship Service

10 a.m. Sundays.

Reverberate Youth Group

1-3 p.m. Every first

Sunday of the month.

The group meets to discuss

a message geared

toward junior and senior

high school students. For

more information, email

Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Editor

Sean Hastings at sean@ or call

(708) 326-9170 ext. 48. Information

is due by noon on

Thursdays one week prior to


August TRIAD meeting to discuss key

differences between trusts and wills

Kathie Johnson

Director of Family Services,

New Lenox Township

TRIAD’S next

monthly meeting

is at 1:30 p.m. on

Thursday, Aug. 22 at the


of Manhattan Community

Room, 260 Market Place,

Manhattan. Our topic

for this month is “trusts

and wills”. If you have

any questions, please call

Kathie Johnson at (815)

7217-6221. All are welcome

to attend.

Living trusts and wills

are two estate planning

options designed specifically

to help you prepare

for the inevitable. While

one focuses largely on the

management of your assets

during life and after

death, the other focuses

solely on the distribution

of your assets after you’ve

passed away.

How do you choose

between a living trust or

a last will and testament?

While it is uncomfortable

to think about your death,

it’s crucial to take certain

steps to protect your assets

before that time comes.

Living trusts and wills are

two estate planning options

designed specifically

to help you prepare for the


What is a living trust?

A living trust is a

legal entity that allows

an individual to place

his/her assets under the

management of a trustee.

The trust’s ownership can

either lie under the management

of the individual

or someone of his/her

choosing. The trustee is

either someone the trust

maker appoints or the trust


• When opening a living

trust, you can decide

whether you want it to

be revocable or irrevocable.

A revocable living

trust allows you to retain

full control over and cancel

the trust whenever you

choose. The irrevocable

living trust, on the other

hand, blocks you from

cancelling it.

• A living trust enables

you to place certain assets

under the management of

a trustee. The assets in the

trust are protected during

the owner’s lifetime and

then transferred to their

beneficiaries if that’s what

they desire.

• With a living trust,

you will be able to witness

how your trustee manages

your assets while you’re

still alive. Opting for a

living trust should also

allow your descendants to

avoid the probate process.

The assets in your estate

should be disbursed more

or less immediately upon

your death (or on a fixed

date, such as a child’s 18th


What is a last will and


A last will gives you

the power to decide what

happens to your estate and

your assets following your

death. It’s a legal document

that details your last

wishes, particularly those

concerning the distribution

of your assets and the

care of any minors. What

you include in your last

will can vary widely, but

you generally will include

at least the following


• An executor is in

charge of shepherding

your estate through

the probate process and

managing your estate

according to the terms of

the will.

• Beneficiaries are the

person/people who will

inherit your property/assets.

• Information about

your assets, including

bank account information,

location of assets and any

other pertinent information.

This is to help your

executor streamline the

process of determining

how much your estate is


• If you have children

who are minors you must

designate guardians for

your children. This can

be part of a joint will

between two spouses.

A will does not immediately

go into effect when

you pass away. Rather,

it must first pass through

a legal process known

as probate. With a will,

you will be gone before

your executor’s duties

even begin.

With a will it must

pass through the probate

process and could be contested.

A will dictates in

advance how you would

like your executor to

handle and distribute your

estate after you pass away.

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• A living will has little

to do with living trusts or


• Living wills essentially

give you the power to

control which procedures

you’ll undergo beforehand.

• They also determine

whether you want resuscitation,

tube feeding or life

support procedures.

• Additionally, living

wills will permit you to

specify matters like guardianship

for your children,

organ donation wishes and

personal hygiene requests.

It is important to note at

the outset that living trusts

can be legitimate and

valuable estate planning

tools. However, scams

involving living trusts

raise serious and growing

concerns. These scams

often prey on older Americans’

concerns that their

estates will be subject to

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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


1. Fancy wraps

5. Birthday buys

10. Impertinent

14. Twelfth part

15. Leaking slowly

16. German “a”

17. ___-carotene

18. British pop singer


19. Future atty.’s


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beauty bar for


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23. Money in electronic


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26. “Talk of the Nation”


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30. Pat

33. Limb

35. High flier at the


36. Kind of list with


39. Available

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41. Wildcat

42. NHL Cup

44. Civil War inits.

45. A kind of soup

46. Watch closely

47. British special

forces, for short

50. Hospitals for vets

51. First name

among Israeli PMs

53. “Mean Girls”

star, Lindsay ____

56. Process of adding

to a collection

60. Russian inland sea

61. Flat necked snake

62. Land measurement

63. Basketball Hallof-Famer


64. Lend ___

65. Barbie buddies

66. Away form the


67. Graceful fliers

68. Secy.


1. Good Books

2. Like some short plays

3. Represents

4. Bygone Mideast


5. Nerve

6. Prefix with logical

7. Jumper

8. Very small

9. Resort with mineral


10. Oscar’s “Odd

Couple” roommate

11. Grocery store need

12. ___ the finish

13. Darlings

21. Cry before disaster

22. Parisian me

24. New Mokena

pizza place, goes with

47 down

27. Ordinary writings

28. Oscar de la ___

29. Origami bird

30. Loud noise

31. Off-roader’s purchase,

for short

32. Governor in the

Ottoman Empire

33. Murdoch company

34. One ___ time

35. Lock opener

36. Special attention,

for short

37. Sounds of woe

38. Genetic code

43. Brain readings, for


45. Cooking vessel

47. See 24 down

48. Prettifies

49. Least wild

50. Flow controller

52. Honshu city

53. Buddhist monk

54. Congress testimony


55. Fast one

56. First-class

57. Many a trucker

58. Lead-in to “apple”

or “berry”

59. Dumbo’s likeable


61. It has nine lives according

to legend


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(18700 S. Old La-

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

column and box must contain each of the

numbers 1-9.

LEVEL: Medium

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the new lenox patriot | August 15, 2019 | 23

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



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


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


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.

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


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


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• 746 Stacey Drive,

New Lenox, 60451-

3474 - Cynthia N. Horn

Trustee to William

J. Hall, Diane L. Hall


• 646 Lenox St., New

Lenox, 60451-4200 -

Ronald J. Madaras to

Ryan J. Rees, Margaret

K. Rees $376,000

July 01

• 3404 Ivywild Lane,

New Lenox, 60451-

9544 - Glen A. Bishop

to Shyloh J. Hoffman,

Dawn Norman


• 613 Borman Drive,

New Lenox, 60451-

3908 - Marvin F. Berry

to Raymond M. Murray,

Nichole M. Murray


• 2065 Water Chase

Drive, New Lenox,

60451-4817 - John F.

Smidt to Brian Wood,

Lisa Wood $460,000

July 02

• 920 Winter Park

Drive, New Lenox,

60451-3105 - Keri

Hagen to James C.

Buckner, Dolores M.

Buckner $155,000

• 211 Gum St., New

Lenox, 60451-1436

- Paul S. Webster to

Katelyn M. Cassidy,


July 03

• 1018 Grandview

Drive, New Lenox,

60451-2329 - Thomas

McAndrew to Xavier

D. Beltran, Jennifer N.

Beltran $294,000

• 21 Brittany Drive,

New Lenox, 60451-

3568 - Karin M.

Adamson to Edgar A.

Serna, Samantha A.

Mihajlov $324,500

July 05

• 1083 Southgate

Road, New Lenox,

60451-2675 - Barbara

J. Kladis to Diana M

Reilly, $129,000

• 635 N. Marley Road,

New Lenox, 60451-

1194 - Charles A.

Weber to Christian

Mark Weidman, Ileanna

Suzutte Silva $286,000

• 148 Kimber Drive,

New Lenox, 60451-

1132 - Michael

Vvankuiken to Cara L.

Grom, Jeffrey D. Grom


• 1109 Grandview

Drive, New Lenox,

60451-2383 - David

Lesak to Brad Zych,

Brooke Zych $300,000

• 3620 Wimborne

Ave., New Lenox,

60451-9678 - Paul

L. Dreher Trustee to

Thano Analitis, Debra A.

Analitis $300,000

1410 Pine Grove Lane,

New Lenox, 60451-

9646 - Jessica L.

Sredzinski to Anthony J.

Demichael, $375,000

• 933 Somerset St.,

New Lenox, 60451-

2050 - Tolen Trust

to Kymberly Murphy,


• 1850 Cambridge

Lane, New Lenox,

60451-3807 - Terry J.

Richardson to Meagan

Haddad, $315,000

• 614 Pine Grove

Court, New Lenox,

60451-9658 - Bruce

L. Tanouye to Joseph

Faifer, Rebecca A. Faifer


• 2061 Edgeview

Drive, New Lenox,

60451-4823 - Camelot

Homes Inc to Douglas T.

Wernet, Gina L. Wernet


July 10

• 225 Gum St., New

Lenox, 60451-1436

- Michael Riemer to

Matthew S. Whelan,


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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Nick Tingley


AUGUST 26 th & 27 th

Ages 5-8 • 6pm

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at Lincoln-Way Central

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times, and more information about the LWSA Gators.

Nick Tingley is a junior on

the Lincoln-Way Central

basketball team.

How would you say

last season went?

It was good. There were

some ups and downs. We

came together at the end,

we got some wins. We have

good leadership, some of

the new guys need to step

up and take on a leadership


What have you learned

from coach Bob Curran

while playing for him?

Coach has helped me

since I was a very young

kid. He’s pushed me to become

a better player while

my game was still developing.

Most things that

I know about basketball

came from him. It’s been

a great opportunity to continue

to play for him while

I’m in high school.

When did you start

playing basketball?

In about third or fourth

grade. Coach Curran

coached a team with me

and his son [Sean Curran].

We were pretty good, and

I just knew that this was

something that I wanted

to do. It’s been fun in high

school and hopefully I can

continue beyond that.

What areas of your

game are you working

on this summer?

Being dedicated to the

weight room. That’s a big

thing that coach [Curran]

has talked about and I agree

with that. If we’re stronger

and bigger than last year,

we’ll have better results on

the floor. I think that it’s not

only a goal for myself, but

my teammates, too.

This is a young team.

What’s it like to be

part of the young


We still have some senior

leaders that can step up

this year. But being able to

help them out as a primary

scorer, it’s been great being

a part of this team. It’s

a great opportunity, being

able to step up and help my

teammates by any means


What does your

basketball future look


Playing in college is the

ultimate goal. I have to

progress a lot and grow my

game if I want to do that.

That’s what I’m motivated

to do, that’s the big picture.

Who is your favorite


My favorite athlete is

Stephen Curry. I respect

how he is undersized for

the NBA, but he can still

create and help his teammates.

Even if he’s not

scoring or shooting the ball

well, he puts his teammates

in the proper situations.

I have to ask: LeBron

or Jordan?

Steve Millar/22nd Century


In my opinion, it’s probably

Jordan. But I think that

LeBron is the best player

currently in the league. Unfortunately,

I don’t have as

much experience watching

Jordan like I do LeBron.

Do you play any other

sports that could help

with basketball?

I also play golf. That

definitely helps with my

concentration and mental

game. With golf, if you

fall apart, you need to stay

strong and try to recover. I

feel that it is translatable to

basketball. I think that it is

a skill from golf that carries

over the best.

If you could meet

anyone from history,

who would it be?

I’d have to say Michael

Jordan. I’ve heard great

stories about his work ethic

and what he had to do to

grow his basketball game.

I’d love to pick his brain.

Interview conducted by Editorial

Intern Joe Bielanski. sports

the new lenox patriot | August 15, 2019 | 35

Going Places

LW Central’s Englert set to run in the Big 10 at Nebraska

JOE BIELANSKI, Editorial Intern

Lincoln-Way Central

graduate Andrew Englert

is turning in his Knights

red for Cornhuskers scarlet.

Englert graduated from

Central this spring and will

be running track and field

and cross country, at the

University of Nebraska,

starting this fall.

Englert utilized his time

at Central to get where he

is now.

He captured a careerbest

time this fall at the

cross country state finals.

He ran a time of 15 minutes,

7.73 seconds and finished

in 57th.

Looking back at his

track and cross country

seasons, Englert is proud.

“They started a little

slow, but in the end, I was

able to accomplish what I

wanted to,” he said. “A big

goal of mine was to make

it to state for track, and I

was glad I was able to accomplish


“I was able to bring my

cross time down pretty

well. I was trying to get

better at running higher

mileage. The college distance

is a lot longer, so that

was something I had to

work on.”

Englert also had a successful

track season, as it

led to a trip down to the

state meet, where he finished

fifth in the 1,600-meter

race with a time of


“Senior year, my teammate

Jared [Kreis] and I

had been working really

hard,” Englert said. “We

did pretty well down at

state for both cross country

and track. It was really

helpful to be able to compete

with him and work

together during the races.”

Englert knew that he

couldn’t achieve his accomplishments


help from coach Dustin

Waddell and his staff.

His time with the coaches

helped to solidify his athletic


“I learned a lot about

confidence from coach

Waddell,” Englert said.

“When I first came in, I

was a little timid running

at the high school level.

Freshman year, I would

look at the varsity guys

and think it’s crazy.

“I thought I’d never

be able to run with those

guys. He helped build my

confidence and I knew that

these were guys I could

compete with and guys I

could race against and really

do well.”

A bright future

Waddell has seen the

growth and knows that

Englert can excel at Nebraska.

“When Andrew first

came here, he was timid,”

Waddell said. “He just

wasn’t confident in himself

and as he realized his potential

was greater, he felt

that thirst of being better.

I told him that he couldn’t

go out there afraid of other

guys; he needed them to be

afraid of him. He took that

to heart, and he ran hard.”

Waddell said Englert

possesses great leadership

skills and is an excellent


“Andrew is nothing but

determination, he’s one

of those guys that I’m so

proud of,” Waddell said.

“Growing as an athlete,

leader and captain, when

he first started running, he

was good.

“He then came into the

mindset that he could be

great, and he set out to

LW Central graduate Andrew Englert is headed to Nebraska to run track and cross


lead the pack. Nothing but

work ethic and encouraging

other teammates.”

When choosing where

to continue his athletic

career, Englert also kept

the classroom in mind. He

wanted to go somewhere

with a good balance of athletics

and academics.

“First, I looked at

schools from an academic

standpoint,” Englert said.

“I wanted to make sure

that they had my major.

I reached out to coaches

to see if running on their

team was a possibility.

“I really liked Nebraska’s

business program. I

went out there for an unofficial

visit in December

and really fell in love with

the program and the direction

it was going and decided

to commit there.”

Englert believes that his

time at Central will prepare

him to move to the

next level in both athletics

and academics.

“I feel that Central has

prepared me pretty well

for moving forward academically,”

Englert said.

“I feel like we got a lot

of opportunities athletically,

we were able to run

in some pretty big meets.

Academically, I feel that I

was taught pretty well by

most of my teachers.

“I was able to take a lot

of AP classes at Central;

those should help a lot.

Already going into college

with some credits because

of it. It’s definitely going

to be a jump moving on

to college, but I feel that I

was prepared pretty well.”

Englert is ready to embrace

the challenge of

being a little fish in a big

pond. Big Ten Conference

competition is a large step

up. Englert’s growth will

be guided by legendary

track coach Gary Pepin.

“I know that freshman

year is going to be tough,”

Englert said. “It’s a big

jump from performing at

the high school level to a

Big Ten running level.

“Mostly, I just want to

see some improvement in

my times and work on being

able to help the team

further down the road. As

long as I’m trying the best

that I can, everything will

fall into place. I’m just going

to train really hard and

see what I can do.”

Finding his own way

Waddell is quick to deflect

any credit Englert

throws his way. He knows

that Englert puts the work

in and is the one executing


“If I gave credit to anyone

it would be the distance

coach, John Taylor,

he’s really shaped a phenomenal

distance program

for us and really helped

Andrew grow as an athlete,”

Waddell said.

“The other half would

go to Andrew. He’s the

guy that has to go and run

the races. Coach Taylor

and myself, we can tell

him what we think and

what to do. Andrew just

absorbs it all and puts it

into action. Those are the

two that I would really

credit for helping Andrew,

coach Taylor and himself.”

Waddell believes that

Englert’s accomplishments

reflect the program

at Central. The coaches

want to prepare their athletes

to also be outstanding


“I always tell the guys

that I’m more concerned

with the man they are

when they leave rather

than the athlete they are

when they leave,” Waddell

said. “Because, at the

end, your legs are going

to fall apart, muscles will

decrease, but who you are

as a person is really going

to speak volumes for you.”

Ready for new beginnings,

Englert won’t forget

where he got started.

“I had a great time at

Central,” he said. “Honestly,

I’m thankful for

everything my teachers,

coaches, and teammates

did for me. It was truly a

time that I will remember

for the rest of my life.”

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Ultimate under new ownership, but few changes expected


Contributing Editor

There is a shakeup at the top

of the Ultimate Volleyball Club

food chain, but it appears that

there may not be many changes

beyond that.

After 22 years owning the

Frankfort and Mokena-based

club with hundreds of area athletes,

founder Erin Lorenz relinquished

ownership to Joel Anderson

earlier this month.

“I want to thank all of our players,

coaches and families – past

and present – for helping to build

Ultimate Volleyball Club from

one team of 11-year-old players

to a nationally recognized club

of almost 60 teams,” Lorenz said

in a statement. “After 22 years

of tremendous successes and

lasting memories, I am retiring.

I am happy to say that Ultimate

will continue and will be better

than ever. Our coaches, staff, and

practice facilities will remain the

same ... for what promises to be

a banner year.”

Anderson, who also owns

Chicago Elite and the Plainfield-based

Club 1, said that he

is an admirer of Lorenz and the

program and is not looking to

change the chemistry.

“There will be no program

changes,” Anderson said. “The

only thing we may look at are

the enhancements to the already

great program that Erin built

over the 22 years. We’re looking

at developing in-house leagues

and enhanced small-group training.

Position training. Having an

academy atmosphere. As far as

the overall program goes, you

can’t disrupt something that it

already great.”

Over the years, the boys teams

have become national powers

and this year, the 18 Gold team

took 10th in the nation in the

USA Volleyball Junior National

Championships in Dallas in early


Some of the players on that

squad include Chris Dargan

(Lincoln-Way West), David

Flores (Lincoln-Way West), Ike

Mahajan (Lincoln-Way East),

Wil McPhillips (Lincoln-Way

East), Louden Moran (Lincoln-

Way West), Benjamin Pluskota

(Lincoln-Way West), Nicholas

Studer (Lincoln-Way West) and

Jack Yurkanin (Lincoln-Way


The girls 18 Gold team this

season also had a plethora of area

stars including Katie Barry (Lincoln-Way

Central), Molly Skoda

(Lincoln-Way East), Samantha

Vorderer (Lincoln-Way Central),

Nicki Bechtold (Lincoln-Way

East), Nicole Dvorak (Lincoln-

Way Central) and Brianna Knezz

(Lincoln-Way West).

Anderson, a north side of Chicago

resident who will divide his

time between his three clubs and

coaching the boys team at St.

Patrick High School, will be on

the move quite a bit so he will

rely heavily on Ultimate staff

members to run the show.

“I stay pretty busy,” he said.

“I’m running around a lot. But

I have some key staff members

in place in the other two clubs

and I’m sure it’s the same at Ultimate.

I’m just getting to know

the staff at Ultimate and getting

those key things lined up. It’s not

going to be like I have to be on

the court all the time.”

He said that after 28 years, this

will be the first time he will not

coach a club team.

Meanwhile, he enjoys the fact

that he is the boss of an established

program that will be using

the Hallmark Sports Club

in Frankfort and the Velocity

All Sport Athletic Training and

Complex in Mokena.

“It’s exciting because Ultimate

has bigger facilities to work with

and has a comprehensive staff,”

he said. “It’s very experienced.

Some of our other clubs, we

were limited on space and that

presents a challenge. When you

are at Velocity and you have

60,000 square feet to work with,

that’s a nice accompaniment to

your program. Between Hallmark

and Velocity, we have 12

courts at our disposal.”

Anderson grew up in a small

town in Iowa called Pocahontas.

He said it was a town of 2,000

and he played every sport except

volleyball because there was no

boys program. He added that

Pocahontas Area High School

had a strong girls volleyball program

and he became intrigued

with the sport. He said he joined

the University of Iowa club team

as a setter to open his volleyball


He has won several coaching

awards over the years including

the Illinois High School Association

and East Suburban Catholic

Conference’s Coach of the Year

in 2009, a season which found

his St. Patrick team finish fourth

in the state and 46th in ESPN’s

national rankings.

In 2018, he won the Junior

Volleyball Association Junior

Club Service award for his quarter

century of coaching in the


“Since 2003, Joel and I have

had a close friendship through

club volleyball,” Lorenz said. “I

like him, I trust him. I think he is

a great volleyball mind and leader.

His clubs have been highly

successful for both boys and girls

at the national level, with numerous

national championships and

hundreds of scholarships earned.

I am thrilled and confident that

Joel will take our teams and

players to new heights.”

Anderson was, however, the

subject of an unflattering TV

news story on CBS Chicago in

2016, which said he used gym

time at Chicago Public Schools

for his clubs for free while clubs

in other sports paid fees to the


Anderson said that he was

given permission to use Payton

High School, where he was the

girls volleyball coach.

“It was nine days of a summer

camp we had at Payton,” he said.

“The principal said, ‘You should

use the gym.’ What wasn’t reported

is that I supplemented the

Joel Anderson is the new owner

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entire [Payton] program. They

didn’t pay for balls and carts and

nets or any of that. So the principal

said, ‘Just use the gym.’

“Sometimes I think that when

you find success people find a

way to try to tear you down.”

Speaking of success, what

would happen if Chicago Elite or

Volleyball 1 faces Ultimate for a

tournament championship? Who

would he root for?

“I would flip a coin and watch

from the sideline,” he said.

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Knights Varsity Athletics

Boys Golf

■Aug. ■ 15 – Oswego Invite at

Blackberry Oaks, 4 p.m.

■Aug. ■ 16 – LW West Invite at the

Den at Fox Creek, 10 a.m.

■Aug. ■ 21 – vs. LW West,

Sandburg and Homewood-

Flossmoor at Silver Lake,

4 p.m.

Girls Golf

■Aug. ■ 15 – Barrington Invite at

Bonnie Dundee, 9 a.m.

■Aug. ■ 17 – Homewood-Flossmoor

Invite at Lincoln Oaks, 1 p.m.

■Aug. ■ 17 – Providence Midlothian

Challenge at Midlothian Country

Club, 2:30 p.m.

■Aug. ■ 20 – hosts Providence and

Minooka at Sanctuary, 4 p.m.

■Aug. ■ 21 – hosts LW East and

Lockport at Sanctuary, 4:30 p.m.

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Boys Golf

■Aug. ■ 15 – Oswego Invite at

Blackberry Oaks, 4 p.m.

■Aug. ■ 16 – hosts LW West Invite

at the Den at Fox Creek, 10 a.m.

■Aug. ■ 19 – at Pekin at Lick Creek,


■Aug. ■ 21 – vs. LW Central,

Sandburg and Homewood-

Flossmoor at Silver Lake,

4 p.m.

Girls Golf

■Aug. ■ 17 – Homewood-Flossmoor

Invite at Lincoln Oaks, 1 p.m.

■Aug. ■ 20 – at LW East at Green

Garden, 4:30 p.m.

■Aug. ■ 21 – hosts Bolingbrook at

Sanctuary, 4:30 p.m.

Celtics Varsity Athletics

Boys Golf

■Aug. ■ 16 - LW West Invite at the

Den at Fox Creek, 10 a.m.

■Aug. ■ 17 – Mount Carmel Invite

at Lincoln Oaks, 7:30 a.m.

■Aug. ■ 19 – St. Ignatius Invite at

Ruth Lake, 2:30 p.m.

Girls Golf

■Aug. ■ 17 – hosts Providence

Midlothian Challenge at

Midlothian Country Club, 2:30


■Aug. ■ 20 – vs. LW Central and

Minooka at Sanctuary, 4 p.m.

38 | August 15, 2019 | the new lenox patriot sports

New Lenox’s Hagen thrives in athletics, music

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

In an era of specilization

where more and more

athletes choose to focus

on just one sport, New

Lenox’s Dane Hagen is a

prominent exception.

Hagen, who graduated

from Liberty Junior High

earlier this year and is getting

set for his freshman

year at Lincoln-Way West,

does not stop with excelling

in multiple sports, either.

He also is a talented


“When I wake up in the

morning, I can’t wait to get

outside and start being active,”

Hagen said. “I usually

spend about half my

time doing either sports or

music, but I still find time

to do other things that I

like to do and find time to


Most people can only

hope to be as proficient

at one thing as Hagen is

in seemingly everything

he does. Heading into his

eighth-grade year, he set

goals that even his father,

Rich, thought were a little

too lofty.

Dane wanted to make

it to state in cross country

and wrestling, make the

Olympic Development

Program for Illinois in

soccer, make the Illinois

Music Education Association

Orchestra as a cello

player and get straight A’s

in school.

“He had a lot of things

going on,” Rich Hagen

said. “He had all these

goals in sports, music and

with his grades. I’m a bit

of a realist. I’m not that

dad that’s always like,

‘Yeah, buddy, go out and

shoot for your dreams.’ I

told him it was going to be


“But set goals, seek

perfection and settle for

greatness. He pretty much

embarassed me for being a


Hagen qualified for

state in cross country and

wrestling, and made the

ODP soccer team and the

ILMEA orchestra. In the

classroom, he had two B’s,

including one in honors

math, but his two A-plusses

to go along with two

A’s essentially offset those

B’s for an A average.

“Dane is like a Renaissance

man,” Rich Hagen

said. “For him to be able to

do all these things well and

have the discipline to balance

it all and still do well

in school, I’m very proud

of him.”

Finding more to do

Soccer was Dane Hagen’s

first love. He began

playing at age 6 and it’s

been essentially his main

sport ever since. Both his

parents are musicians,

though, so it was no surprise

that he took up the

cello a couple years later.

By fifth grade, he added

track, cross country and

wrestling into the mix.

He has found a way to be

successful in all of them.

“It takes hours and hours

of practice and dedication

to get yourself to that level,”

Dane Hagen said. “It’s

partly my dad, too. He

helps me a lot.”

Rich Hagen has seen

many kids growing up

having to choose between

sports and music, but he

was confident his son

could do both.

“There’s a bit of a disconnect

between sports

and music people and

sometimes it can be an us

against them mentality,”

Rich Hagen said. “Dane’s

never operated that way. A

lot of parents feel like they

have to choose one path or

the other, but Dane is kind

of an ambassador for the

fact that you can do both.

There are kids like him

who do it and do it well.”

Dane said he would

rather be very good at a

bunch of things than be

the best at one thing, and

that is something his dad

reminds him of from time

to time.

“Sometimes when we’re

at a music competition,

Dane’s not the top kid in

the orchestra,” Rich Hagen

said. “But how many of

those kids made it to state

in cross country and wrestling?

Then he’ll be on the

soccer field and maybe

he’ll be down after a tough

day, and I’ll tell him, ‘How

many of those soccer players

can play the cello like

you did?’”

Hitting his goals

Making the Olympic

Development Program in

soccer is a huge accomplishment,

and something

Dane Hagen especially

treasured because he has

played the sport for so


“It was a really cool experience,”

he said. “Not

Making the cross country state finals was one of New

Lenox’s Dane Hagen’s many accomplishments as an

eighth grader. Photo submitted

only the tournament was

great, but just the training,

playing with all those top

players, made me feel like

one of them. It made me

feel really accomplished.”

The Hagens knew

that the toughest task on

Dane’s list of goals was

likely going to be making

state in wrestling.

“I’ve only been wrestling

for three years and a

lot of kids I’m facing have

done it a lot longer,” Dane

Hagen said. “My sectional,

you have to finish in the top

four and I finished fourth.

The three guys ahead of

me all placed at state, so

it was a really tough sectional

and I didn’t know

if I’d make it. One of the

kids who placed at state

only beat me by two points

at sectionals.”

Going into high school,

Dane is going to give up

cross country because it

conflicts with soccer season.

But he plans to join

soccer, wrestling, track

and orchestra. He even has

a new challenge in track:

to become a pole vaulter.

Perhaps he can keep

proving his dad wrong,

though Rich is unlikely to

second guess him again.

“I hate to say it, but I

loved proving him wrong,”

Dane said.

Sports Briefs

Boykin, Allegretti make

NFL debuts

Providence and Notre

Dame graduate Miles

Boykin made his preseason

debut with the Baltimore

Ravens on Aug. 8.

Boykin led the Ravens in

catches with four for 39

yards in a 29-0 win over

the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Lincoln-Way East and

Illinois graduate Nick Allegretti

saw his first preseason

action with the

Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday,

Aug. 10. Allegretti

was part of the second

team offensive line and got

plenty of playing time in

the Chiefs’ 38-17 win over

the Cincinnati Bengals.

Grabavoy to enter Joliet

Hall of Fame

Former Lincoln-Way

soccer star Ned Grabavoy

will be part of the 2019

class inducted into the

Joliet Area Sports Hall of

Fame on Sept. 14. Grabavoy

was the 2000-2001

Gatorade National High

School Player of the Year

and led Lincoln-Way to

two state runner-up finishes

before playing 13

seasons in the MLS.

Oilmen fall in MCL

championship series

The Northwest Indiana

Oilmen, featuring New

Lenox native Jackson

Dvorak, Mokena native

Nate DeLoian and Frankfort

native Brandon Petkoff,

advanced to the Midwest

Collegiate League

championship series,

but were defeated in two

games by the Bloomington


Cheerleading and dance

camps coming to LW


LW Central will host

cheerleading and dance

camps on Aug. 18. Both

camps, open to kids in prek

through eighth grade,

will be held from 10 a.m.

to 1 p.m. Cheerleading

participants will learn

jump, motion and stunting

technique and will learn

a routine to perform with

Central varsity and JV

cheerleaders at the Community

Night scrimmage

game Aug. 23. Dance participants

will learn choreography

and dance technique

and will perform

with the Rhythm Knights

on Aug. 23. Fees: $50

cheerleading; $25 dance.

Visit for

registration information.

Sports Briefs are compiled by

Sports Editor Steve Millar, sports

the new lenox patriot | August 15, 2019 | 39



LW Central grad Abbott named Loyola coach

22nd Century Media file


1st and 3





1. Sean Curran

Curran (above), a

LW Central junior,

finished second

in the state last

season, one stroke

behind Lockport’s

Ben Sluzas, and

has competed in

some of the top

junior tournaments

in the country this


2. Carly Schiene

Schiene is one

of four players

returning from the

LW Central girls

team which finished

third in the state

last season, but

must replace its two

graduated stars:

Brianne Bolden and

Grace Curran.

3. Zack Phelps

Phelps had a big

sophomore season

in helping LW West

win a regional title.

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Alicia Abbott hoped to

get her first collegiate head

coaching job soon. The

opportunity that ended

up arising was almost too

good to be true.

Abbott, a New Lenox

native and Lincoln-Way

Central graduate, will get

to be close to home as she

takes the huge step in her

career. She was named

head coach at Loyola University

on Aug. 5.

“It’s pretty neat,” Abbott

said. “It’s definitely an experience

I’ve been looking

to have. It’s exciting that it

happened at home.”

Abbott is a 2007 Central

grad and earned All-State

honors her senior year

with the Knights before

going on to play two years

each at UIC and North

Carolina State.

She began her coaching

career as a volunteer assistant

at her alma mater, NC

State, in 2012 and went on

to assistant roles at Newberry

College and Southern


Abbott has spent the last

five seasons as the associate

head coach at Northern


“I had a phenomenal

boss [head coach Christina

Sutcliffe] at NIU who was

very on top of everything,”

Abbott said. “Without her,

I would hands down not be

able to do this. I wouldn’t

feel anywhere near ready.

But she did a great job

kind of teaching us all facets,

including the behindthe-scenes

things. I would

not have felt prepared for

those administrative things

without that.”

Abbott feels coaching

at Loyola gives her a bit

of a head start as opposed

to where she would be if

she got a job outside of the


“It means a lot to get to

coach here in Chicago,”

she said. “Coming from

NIU, I have that recruiting

background a little bit

already, so that makes life

a little bit easier. Knowing

the terrain, the territory,

understanding the weather

and how it impacts us,

and kind of knowing what

Loyola is all about and

what they stand for, those

are all key advantages.”

Loyola athletic director

Steve Watson mentioned

some of those same things

in introducing his new


“We are excited to add

someone of Alicia’s pedigree

to our staff,” Watson

said in a press release.

“As a Chicagoland native

and former associate head

coach at Northern Illinois,

she has a proven track

record when it comes to

recruiting in the Chicago

area and the Midwest. She

has demonstrated a high

standard for excellence on

the field, in the classroom

and in the community.

Great things are in store

for our softball program

LW Central graduate Alicia Abbott, pictured in her previous role as Northern Illinois

associate head coach, was named the new head softball coach at Loyola University.

Loyola University Athletics

under Alicia’s leadership.”

Abbott takes over a program

that has been consistently

competitive but has

been unable to put together

a breakthrough season of

late. The Ramblers went

25-25 this spring and have

not finished more than

one game over .500 since


Abbott, though, is optimistic

about the roster she

will inherit.

“I’m walking into a

group that has a lot of individuals

who have had success

in the past,” she said.

“Now it just comes down

to making that translate

into a cohesive team and

putting that talent on the

field, making sure we do

the little things right and

that we become a unit and

a family.”

Abbott realized at a

young age that she wanted

to have a job mentoring

young people, and

she found the right fit in


“Coaching was something

that was always in

the back of my head,” she

said. “I knew I wanted to

do something that involved

helping people, and when I

was younger I thought that

might be teaching. I love

softball and after having

played and having had really

good mentors, I decided

I’d give this a go.

“Hands down the best

part is getting to work with

players every day, and getting

to work with a staff.

It’s the people that make

the job.”

Abbott was set to officially

start the job on

Monday, Aug. 12. She has

a brief period of time to get

several things done prior

to fall ball.

“It’s getting a staff together,

doing a little more

recruiting in depth, and

just trying to set the team

up for success in the fall,”

she said. “Figuring out

what we need on the administrative

side to help

our kids feel ready to go

when they come back.”

Going forward, Abbott

has some characteristics

she hopes her team will

display, mostly involving

hard work.

“I want them to be a

team that never quits, that

hustles on and off the field

all the time,” she said.

“It’s paying attention to

the details and doing the

little things right. Scrappiness

and feistiness and

that heart to win every

day they step onto the

field is what I’d really like

to see.”


“It takes hours and hours of practice and dedication to get

yourself to that level. It’s partly my dad, too. He helps me

a lot.”

Dane Hagen — incoming LW West freshman, on excelling in

cross country, soccer, wrestling and music

Tune In

Girls Golf

4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21

• LW Central hosts LW East and Lockport for an earlyseason

triangular at The Sanctuary Golf Course in New



37 - This Week In

34 – Athlete of the Week

FASTBREAK is compiled by Sports Editor

Steve Millar at

new lenox’s Hometown Newspaper | August 15, 2019


native Abbott named softball coach

at Loyola University, Page 39


Ultimate Volleyball Club has a

new owner, Page 37

Among Dane Hagen’s accomplishments as

an eighth-grader were making the Olympic

Development program in soccer (left),

advancing to state in wrestling (middle)

and earning a spot as a cello player on

the Illinois Music Education Association

Orchestra. He also made it to state in cross

country. Photos submitted

New Lenox’s Hagen thrives in cross country, soccer, wrestling and music, Page 38

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