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2 | August 15, 2019 | the orland Park Prairie calendar

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THURSDAY

Video Lab: Small Screen

Magic

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

The Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court. Teens

grades 7-12 can create

imaginative videos with

our friends at the Apple

Store! Use the illusion of

teleporting, disappearing

and other visual tricks.

This is a free event. For

more information, call

(708) 532-0500 or visit

www.thebridgeteencenter.

org.

Volunteens Getting Ready

for Kindergarten

3:45 p.m. Aug. 15, Orland

Park Public Library,

14921 S. Ravinia Ave. Students

grades 6-12 can sign

up at the teen or youth services

desk to earn service

hours by helping at the

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

program. Limit 4.

Let’s Get Ready for

Kindergarten

4 p.m. Aug. 15, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Children

entering kindergarten in the

fall of 2019 can learn what

to expect from their first

day of class as well as learn

some kindergarten basics:

following directions, motor

skills and math concepts.

At the end of each session,

parents will receive a

handout to help practice at

home to continue building

kindergarten confidence.

Limit 20.

FRIDAY

Retro Soda Shoppe & DIY

Root beer Floats

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

16, The Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court.

Teens grades 7-12 can

make their classic 1950s

root beer floats, play a

game of giant checkers

or take their best guesses

in a game of ’50s-themed

Price is Right. They also

can get creative in the Art

Studio as they paint whatever

they can imagine on

a vintage vinyl record.

Acoustic-pop student band

2M and the Metal Men is

to perform. This is a free

event. For more information,

call (708) 532-0500

or visit www.thebridgete

encenter.org.

Teen DIY Back to School

5 p.m. Aug. 16, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Students

grades 6-12 can hang out

with friends and decorate

their school and locker

supplies. The library will

provide the decorating

materials and a few school

supply items, and teens

can bring any school supplies

to decorate. Limit 20.

SATURDAY

Kevin and the Infinite

Possibilities

2 p.m. Aug. 17, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. All ages

can see Kevin perform

his toe-tappin’ tunes that

encourage audience members

to embrace creativity,

be themselves and dance.

MONDAY

Techie Tots: 3D Stories

4 p.m. Aug. 19, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Children

3-7 years old can watch

picture books come to life

with the help of a 3D printer

in this new storytime.

TUESDAY

Drop-In Beaded Jewelry

Station

4:30-5:45 p.m. Aug. 20,

The Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court. Teens

grades 7-12 can create a

necklace, bracelet or earrings

using colorful beads

and wire. This is a free

event. For more information,

call (708) 532-0500

or visit www.thebridgete

encenter.org.

Is Cloud Storage Right for

Me?

6 p.m. Aug. 20, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Adults can

gain a better understanding

and learn how to use cloud

storage services, including

OneDrive, Dropbox,

iCloud and Google Drive.

WEDNESDAY

Volunteens Crafty Readers

6 p.m. Aug. 21, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Students

grades 6-12 can earn service

hours by helping out

at this crafty story time.

Sign up at the teen or

youth desk. Limit 3.

Crafty Readers

6:30 p.m. Aug. 21, Orland

Park Public Library,

14921 S. Ravinia Ave.

Students K-3 can enjoy a

story and make a craft to

take home.

UPCOMING

Coffee and Conversation

10 a.m.-noon Thursday,

Aug. 22, Orland Fire Protection

District Administration

Board Room, 9790

W. 151st St. Free blood

pressure checks. No registration

needed. Free giveaways,

coffee, snacks and

education. The month’s

topic is “Dr. Colleen Morley

- How to complete the

‘POLST’ form?” Sponsored

by Aishling Companion

Home Care.

Project Serve: Thrift Store

4-6 p.m. Aug. 22, The

Bridge Teen Center, 15555

S. 71st Court. Teens grades

7-12 can help out at The

Bridge Thrift Store, which

supports all the free programs

at the teen center.

Community service hours

given. This is a free event.

For more information, call

(708) 532-0500.

Orland Park Labor Day

Concert

4-9 p.m. Sunday, Sept.

1, Centennial Park West,

153rd Street and 108th

Avenue. 4-5 p.m. Taking

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

Serendipity and 7-9 p.m.

52nd Street.

Veterans Golf Classic

8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept.

10, Silver Lake Country

Club, 14700 S. 82nd Ave.

Proceeds benefit the Orland

Park Veterans’ Commission.

Special guest:

Medial of Honor recipient

Allen Lynch. 8:30 a.m.

check-in for golf. 3 p.m.

dinner. Prices: Golf and

dinner $150, golf only

$120, dinner only $50.

For more information, call

(708) 403-5000.

Podiatry Screening

9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday,

Sept. 18, Orland

Township, 14807 South

Ravinia Ave., Orland Park.

To schedule an appointment,

call (708) 403-4222.

Orland Park Brewfest

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6-10 p.m. Saturday,

Sept. 21, Crescent Park,

9705 W. 142nd St. 21 and

older. Ticketed event. Performances:

6 p.m. CK and

the Gray (rock/variety),

8 p.m. Fletcher Rockwell

(rock/country). Attendees

can talk with brewers;

sample craft beer, whiskey

and wine; enjoy food and

entertainment. Ticket includes

20 tasting tickets,

souvenir glass, dinner and

dessert by City Barbeque.

Ticket prices vary based

on when they are purchased.

For more information,

visit orlandpark.org.

Drivers’ Safety Class

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

and 7, Orland Township,

14807 South Ravinia Ave.,

Orland Park, Board Room.

This two-day class is designed

to help other drivers

improve their skills and

safety behind the wheel.

The fee is $15 for AARP

members ($20 for nonmembers),

and is payable

to the instructor on the first

day of class. Participants

must attend both days.

ONGOING

Leisure Plotters Club

12:30-2:30 p.m. the

third Thursday of the

month, Orland Township,

14807 W. Ravinia Ave. All

seniors are invited to join

in for coffee, bingo and

socialization. For more information,

contact Alice at

(708) 614-9202.


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New Lenox mayor announces run for McDermed’s soon-to-be-vacant seat

Sean Hastings

Contributing Editor

New Lenox Mayor Tim

Baldermann is running for

State Representative of

the 37th District.

Margo McDermed, the

sitting State representative

for the 37th District,

announced last month

she would not be seeking

reelection for her seat

in the November 2020

election.

Baldermann has 12

years of experience as

mayor of New Lenox,

22 years in law enforcement

and seven years as

a school superintendent.

He is in his fourth term as

mayor — the first mayor

of New Lenox to serve

that many terms.

“What happens often

down in the capitol is

there’s not a lot of local

representation, people

who have served in these

positions before, that understand

that’s where the

rubber meets the road

— right here at the local

level,” Baldermann

said.

Baldermann, who will

be running as a Republican,

said he puts people

before party affiliation,

because at the end of the

day people all want the

same thing: a roof over

their head, a good education,

and a living wage to

live a happy and healthy

life.

That is the platform on

which he will be running.

“What’s happening in

our state and of course

our country is that we’ve

become so divided and so

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Farrell talks love for community, team

Bill Jones, Editor

A look around the office

of Orland Park Police

Cmdr. Tony Farrell the

week before his Thursday,

Aug. 8 retirement from

the department could tell

you everything you need to

know about the guy.

There are nods to his

family, including a book

created by his wife, Jen, to

chronicle Farrell’s first 20

years with the department.

A bachelor’s degree he

earned in 2009 alongside

other important pieces of

paper affixed to the wall.

A yellow brick award for

completing the daunting

physical challenge of the

infamous “Yellow Brick

Road” — a 6.2-mile obstacle

course in Quantico,

Virginia — in addition to

the coursework of the FBI

Training Academy.

Not far from it an acknowledgement

of his extra

service over the years

to Sandburg High School,

where he often worked

athletic events and dances

— and where his career is

taking him next in a civilian

security role for Consolidated

High School District

230.

Joining these things are

neatly stacked piles of paperwork

on his desk, multiple

computer monitors to

survey the action and process

reports, a radio still

broadcasting police chatter.

At this point, he still has

work to do, covering for

breaks taken by other command

staffers, overseeing a

number of cases he will not

be able to personally finish

and dropping into the

chief’s office for meetings.

He still has two cellphones

at his side, one of which often

rings at all hours of the

night.

And hanging, not inconspicuously,

on a wall near

the door, is one of those flying

discs with a hard edge

and canvas middle that can

be folded into a springy

form as well as chucked a

good distance. This one is

designated for emergency

use only, but a similar one

hits the window next to

the office while Farrell is

conducting his retirement

interview. A week later, one

jumps out of a box during

his Last Ride In send-off

from the station — one last

harmless prank on a guy

who over the years has fostered

an environment for

them to thrive.

“We like to have fun

when we’re working,” Farrell

explained. “That’s the

type of environment that I

like to have. The guys need

to be relaxed to do a good

job. We have rules — a lot

of rules. But, at the same

time, you need to be comfortable

when you come

into the job and want to

work where you’re at.”

At Orland Park’s worst,

Farrell’s division was

tasked with the grisly details

of murders, sexual

assaults and other violent

crime. A little bit of levity

goes a long way to help

the team relieve some tension

when working armed

robberies, kidnappings and

undercover operations, according

to Lt. Ken Rosinski,

who has worked “back

to back, side by side” with

Farrell for years.

“Tony’s always been the

best about that,” he said

of the atmosphere. “He

knows when to sit down

and be completely serious,

but he’s very jovial, has a

lot of jocularity. … He’ll

somehow ease the mood

and bring everyone together.

It’s one of Tony’s great

characteristics.”

It did not go unnoticed

by droves of officers who

wanted to come work for

him in the investigations

division, according to Farrell’s

boss, Chief Tim Mc-

Carthy, who said Farrell

was great about listening

to people when they had

problems.

“People wanted to work

for Tony, which is unusual,”

McCarthy said. “That’s

a mark of a good leader

when people want to work

for you.”

Rosinski added, “People

come back to this division

not just to advance their careers;

they want to be part

of the atmosphere. It’s the

atmosphere Tony helped

create.”

Orland Park Police Cmdr. Tony Farrell (left) opens a gag gift of flying discs

presented by Sgt. Rich Stoettner on Thursday, Aug. 8, during the former’s retirement

celebration. Bob Klein/22nd Century Media

Training wheels

Farrell is the grandson of

a Chicago police officer but

never got an opportunity to

meet him. So, his interest

in police work was likely

more geographical than

familial. He grew up in

the Beverly neighborhood

of Chicago, near the edge

of the cop- and fire-heavy

Mount Greenwood. And

there is no doubt the upbringing

had an influence

on him.

“It really comes down

to: When I was growing

up in Chicago, we had a

lot of respect for the Chicago

police,” Farrell said.

“We really thought that

was a great job. I had some

friends whose parents were

police officers. I just really

respected what they did.”

After delivering pizzas

for seven years, he caught

a break doing a security gig

for Evergreen Plaza in Evergreen

Park.

“That was a pretty important

job back then,” he

said. “The mall security

over there ran more like a

police department.”

Then, a co-worker was

going to test in Orland Park

and asked Farrell to join

him. Farrell ended up being

contacted by three police

departments after testing,

but Orland Park got to him

first.

“It all fell into place right

after that,” Farrell said.

“Once I got my foot in

the door here, I didn’t turn

back.”

He started in 1987,

when the department had

closer to 45 officers than

the 100-plus it staffs today.

He made around $23,000

a year. And he gobbled up

extra shifts before he even

knew the department was

compensating for them.

“They told me they were

going to pay me overtime

to do it,” he said. “I

couldn’t believe it. I would

have done that for free.”

In fact, on occasion, he

more or less did. In the early

days, he said it was not

uncommon for an officer

to jump into a car with another

officer after his shift

“just because we enjoyed it

so much.”

“That’s the type of passion

I had for the job,” he

said. “It was contagious

within the department back

then.”

Farrell moved to Orland

Park in 1989 and continues

to call it home on his third

residence there.

In that time, he married

Jen, and over their 20 years

(and counting) of marriage,

the duo raised three children

— one in college, one

a rising senior at Sandburg

and a son starting eighthgrade

— though Farrell defers

most of the child-rearing

credit to his better half.

“I’d be remiss if I didn’t

say she’s one of the people

I respect most, because she

works so hard to keep everything

running at home,”

he said. “She has her own

job, [too]. … She’s one of

the hardest working people

I know.”

And anyone who knows

Farrell knows that “hardworking”

is an important

quality — one that pops up

again and again throughout

his story.

Ranking up

“If you would have

asked me 20 years ago, ‘Do

I ever see myself as being

the commander of detectives?’

I would have said

‘no,’” Farrell said. “I would

have said you’d have seen

me rising through the ranks

of the patrol division. But

opportunities opened up,

and I took those opportunities.

... It worked out well

for me.”

Farrell started his career

in Orland Park, like most

officers, on patrol — including

the bike patrol.

And he loved it.

“I was always patrolorientated,”

he said. “My

passion was always contact

with community and communication

and things like

that.”

But he had constant

opportunities to try new

things. He wound up part of

Orland Park’s tactical unit,

and when the department

formed a drug unit “back in


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and the work as he leaves line of duty

the old days,” he was one

of the first two officers to

take part in it. Then, he became

a detective.

“It was something I felt

was necessary and intriguing

at the time,” he said.

But a promotion to sergeant

sent him back to patrol,

and that is when his

career started to rise. He

became a lieutenant on the

street, what police considered

a watch commander

for his shift. He did that

for a few years before an

opening came along for

a lieutenant in the detective

division. He had a

good working relationship

with the commander at the

time, succeeded in the role

and ultimately became the

commander in 2016.

All the while, he earned

a reputation for his work

ethic, taking extra assignments

whenever they came

his way.

“I’ve always been one

of the guys that always

worked extra employment

outside of my job,” he said.

“I always work weekends

at different places doing security.

That’s just in my nature

that I’m always working

somewhere.”

And while the police

work was not necessarily

ingrained in him by family,

the hard-worker mentality

definitely was.

“I’ve been working since

I was 16 years old,” Farrell

said. “I came from a family

of people that didn’t have

a college education. They

were hard workers.”

And that drive might

have done something even

more important than further

his career.

When it came time to test

for sergeant, he dedicated

time each day to studying.

His family saw that.

Pictured is Tony Farrell in

his early years of service

with Orland Park Police.

Photo submitted

When he got a rare opportunity

to further his

police education at the

FBI Academy, he not only

graduated from it but also

claimed that yellow brick

for the physical accomplishment.

His family understands

the work it took.

He also bucked his family

education trend by earning

a Bachelor of Science

in public safety management

from Calumet College

of Saint Joseph, while

doing his job at the police

department, in 2009. His

family got to see him do

that, too.

“To me, that was an important

achievement,” Farrell

said. “I want to set an

example for my kids. At

least a couple of them are

old enough to have seen me

at home, doing homework,

studying hard to get my

college degree, which I got

as an adult.

“I think it was important

for my kids to see me doing

that, so they could realize:

This is what you do. You

work hard. You study hard,

and good things come.”

And his children are

proud of him — or so they

tell him. From his experience,

Farrell tends to think

they’re telling the truth.

“When your dad is the

commander of detectives,

and he’s asking you questions,

you better believe I’m

analyzing the answers,” he

said with a laugh.

Educating others

While it is not uncommon

for police officers to

retire at the 30-year mark,

when their pensions are

capped, to find less-stressful

and less-dangerous

work, Farrell put in an extra

two years with Orland

Park. And he is still not

sure that was enough.

“To this day, I doubt

myself, whether I want to

leave or not,” he said. “I’m

not a guy who says, ‘Geez,

I can’t wait to get out.’”

Even as a 54-year-old

with a lifetime worker mentality,

he does not feel like

he has missed out on much.

“I don’t really have a

checklist, because as busy

as I am right now I make

time for family,” Farrell

said of “retirement.” “It’s

not like I’m waiting to go

out and start woodshopping

and build a birdhouse

or something. I don’t have

any huge desires to do anything

like that. I still like

to work, so that’s what I’ll

continue doing.”

But as excited as he is

about the opportunity with

D230, the transition has

been a bittersweet one.

“It is difficult to walk

away from, ‘Hey, I’m the

commander of detectives

for the Orland Park Police

Department.’ I have a lot of

pride in that,” Farrell said.

“Sooner or later, you have

to say, ‘It’s time to leave.’

I just feel right now is the

right time after 32 years.”

It is difficult, too, for coworkers

like Rosinski.

“I’m sad,” Rosinski said

of Farrell’s departure. “In

this job, everyone says

you’re crazy if you stay

after 30 years. … We’d

always rib Tony. ‘You’ve

been here 30 years. What

are you doing? Why don’t

you go get your pension

and go get another job, do

something more relaxing

than be commander of the

investigations division?’

But at the same time, it’s

like, ‘I don’t want you to

leave.’ We created something

great back here.

“He is going to be missed

by a lot of people in this police

department.”

Farrell is similarly going

to miss the team.

“I wouldn’t be as successful

as I am as a commander

if it wasn’t for the

guys working for me,” he

said. “They make me look

good. They work hard.

They have great ideas.

“The most rewarding part

of the job for me is the interaction

with my co-workers.

To be able to have a good

relationship with everybody

I work with, to work as a

team and problem solve. …

It’s one of the most rewarding

things that you can be

involved in. That’s where I

get most of my pride.”

And while no one is irreplaceable

in the Orland

Park Police Department,

McCarthy acknowledged

newly promoted Cmdr.

Eric Rossi will have some

big shoes to fill.

“[Farrell’s] integrity is

second to none,” McCarthy

said. “His police knowledge

is second to none. He

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“I’m sorry to lose him,

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family the best.”

And though Farrell will

undoubtedly miss the job,

he is happy about what he

accomplished in his time

with the department.

“I really enjoyed working

as a police officer in

Orland Park,” Farrell said.

“I think it’s a great community.

The people I got to

know while working here

are all great people. It was a

win-win situation. I tried to

do the best job that I could

while I was here.

“I’m beaming with pride,

because I think I picked

probably the best police

department you could work

for on the south side of Chicago.”

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Orland Park Village Board

Village to spend up to $4K a month on PR firm in effort to improve reputation

Rochelle McAuliffe

Freelance Reporter

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. 5, 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

media coverage for the

Village of Orland Park

hasn’t reflected well on

the Village. Too much of

the coverage has focused

on various political issues,

rather than the innate advantages

of living in the

village, its many positive

attributes and the significant

progress that’s been

made toward the Village

of Orland Park’s economy

and infrastructure.”

The proposal was introduced

to the board by

Interim Village Manager

Tom Dubelbeis, drawing

concern from some

board members because of

Dubelbeis’ departure from

normal board procedure of

asking for a vote without

committee review.

But as interim Village

manager, Dubelbeis

can enter into a services

contract with Reputation

Partners without board approval

since the contract is

under his limit.

“I have the power to

enter into this agreement

legally, but technically

and practically, I report

to the board,” Dubelbeis

said. “They need to know

what I’m doing. The dollar

amount wasn’t great, and I

knew it was potentially a

discussion there would be

some pros and cons on, so

I thought it would be best

to vet it through the board

level.”

Dodge was in opposition

of the proposal based

on “process and mindset.”

Dodge spoke initially

about the introduction of

the proposal, saying it

should have been brought

to a committee before the

board vote and arguing

that the proposal itself

seemed political in nature.

“I was struck by the language

in this firm’s proposal,

which goes to mindset,

and I’m quoting, ‘Too

much of the coverage has

focused on various political

issues,’” he said. “OK?

That is an inherently political

thing to think about

as a firm focused on brandbuilding

for the Village of

Orland Park.”

He also criticized the

firm’s strategies of “engaging

media on an ongoing

basis to secure positive

Round It Up

A brief recap of action from the Aug. 5 meeting of

the Orland Park Village Board

• Mayor Keith Pekau appointed Jerome T. Dea Jr.

to the Economic Development Advisory Board and

Andrew Brennan to the Recreation Advisory Board.

• The Village is reassessing the CodeRED

emergency notification system and other options.

• A new Village ordinance recommended by the

Public Safety Committee would make it a violation

for any person to “host” an event or gathering with

underage persons drinking alcohol.

media placements around

the Village and its leaders.”

“Quite frankly, the first

thing that popped to mind

is Tom Sawyer: Reach for

your brush and grab the

white paint,” he said. “I

am concerned about that.”

Trustee Michael Milani

voted in favor of the proposal,

though noted he had

some reservations.

With a public information

office already in place,

Milani said he thought that

the communications department

should be able

to handle the needs of the

Village. But he supported

the idea of Reputation

Partners filling any gaps

that arise.

The public information

department recently has

seen a reduction of expenditures

that outweighs

what the new contract will

cost, according to Village

records. It also left the department

with a reduced

staff.

Milani also noted he

does not want to make

problems out of non-issues.

“This idea of ‘sharpening

our image’ ... sometimes

I feel like it’s a little

self-inflicted,” he said.

“We tend make things political

that might not be.”

Mayor Keith Pekau said

he thought that although

Dubelbeis had the authority

to hire the firm without

board approval, bringing it

to the board for comment

was responsible.

Trustee Daniel Calandriello

attempted to table the

proposal for further review,

but that motion did

not pass. He ultimately

voted in favor of the contract.

Trustee William Healy

was in favor of the idea,

especially after the success

of the Taste of Orland. He

said he thought that waiting

could delay further

successes for the Village.

Trustee Kathleen Fenton

opposed the proposal

because of procedure and

amending the budget to

pay for it, rather than doing

it during the budget

process for the next fiscal

year. According to a staff

report, there already was

$5,000 remaining in the

budget for public information

purposes, but the

other $15,000 had to be

authorized.

Fenton said in reference

to the Taste of Orland, existing

PR staff for the Village

has done a good job

of getting the word out and

communicating on behalf

of the Village.

As it stands, Reputation

Partners would be reporting

to Dubelbeis rather

than Nancy Flores, who

oversees public information

for the Village, which

was raised as a concern to

Dubelbeis.

“That’s a valid point,”

Dubelbeis said. “I do need

to rethink that, because the

public information officer

does come up through

communications. I’m going

to revisit that.”

The new strategy is to

be implemented until December,

with the contract

being revisited for the fiscal

year 2020 budget. The

existing contract is not exceed

$20,000.

Village could install red

light camera at 159th and

94th

The Public Safety Committee

voted to recommend

an agreement with

Sensys GATSO USA Inc.

for the installation of an

automated red-light camera

traffic law enforcement

system at 159th Street and

94th Avenue.

The intersection of

159th and 94th Avenue has

been the No. 1 location for

crashes in the Village since

2015. An average of about

44 crashes happen in the

intersection per year, with

18 to date in 2019. Data

from accidents in this intersection,

as well as studies

suggest that red light

cameras could address the

issue.

The initial three systems

were placed at 151st

Street and Harlem Avenue,

159th and Harlem,

and 151st and LaGrange

Road. While the 151st

and LaGrange system was

removed because of construction,

the remaining

two are not in the Top 10

for accidents in the village

anymore.

Every violation is video

recorded and reviewed

before a citation is issued.

Right turn citations are

only issued when a pedestrian

is present or the

driver makes no attempt

to slow down. In addition,

the warning citations will

be issued rather than fines.

The Village is to share

more information via

social media to inform the

public before the activation

of the system, and warning

flags are to be visible.

tim

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to be all the way over to

the right or all the way

over to the left and we

have to hate each other

and scream at each other

and nothing gets done,”

he said. “I have a track record

and history of being

able to work with everybody.”

He also wants to find a

way to be able to lower

property taxes.

“Quite often there are

unfunded mandates that

are passed where they

say ‘OK, Villages have to

do this, or schools have

to do that,’ and it costs a

tremendous amount of

money, so the State is telling

locals what they have

to do, but they’re not giving

them any funding for

that, so the only funding

source is through property

taxes,” he said. “That’s

the number one complaint

in Illinois — how high our

property taxes are.”

Baldermann will continue

to be mayor of New

Lenox during the election

and if he wins. He also

will stay on as superintendent

of Union School

District 81, he said.

He will, however, be

resigning from the Metra

Board, and he will no longer

serve as the chairman

of the Consolidated 911

Board of Directors in the

Laraway Communication

Center.

State House District 37

represents all or part of

Homer Glen, Lockport,

Frankfort, New Lenox,

Mokena and Orland Park.


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Devon M. Hill, 26, of

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July 11 with forgerydelivering

a false document,

while Denzel S.

Hawthorne, 22, of 17134

Rockwell Ave. in Hazel

Crest, was charged with

forgery-possessing a false

document, after Hill allegedly

tried to use a fraudulent

prescription to acquire

60 pills of a type redacted

in the report — Sgt. Wayne

Lee said they were trying

to get Xanax — from a

store in the 15700 block

of 71st Court. Hill did not

have identification on him,

and the prescription was

not legitimate, police said.

Hawthorne was in a 2011

Ford Fusion with Hill and

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to the report.

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Pedestrian struck by school bus on Wolf Road

Bill Jones, Editor

A 21-year-old pedestrian

reportedly was hospitalized

the morning of

Monday, Aug. 12, after

he was struck by a school

bus traveling northbound

in the 16300 block of Wolf

Road.

The incident occurred

around 8:37 a.m., according

to a press release issued

by the Orland Park

Police Department.

The preliminary investigation

noted a school bus

was traveling northbound

when it struck a man who

may have wandered into

the roadway, police said.

The man was transported

by Orland Fire Protection

District ambulance to

Silver Cross Hospital in

New Lenox with serious

injuries, according to the

release.

Sgt. Wayne Lee said the

man sustained a “severe

head injury.”

The driver of the bus

and one passenger on the

bus were uninjured, police

12850 71st Ave. in Palos

Heights, was charged with

retail theft and criminal

trespass to property after

she allegedly tried to take

a ring valued at $45 from

a store on Orland Park

Place. She reportedly put

it on her finger and left

the store without paying

for it. She reportedly

had a no-trespass warning

issued in 2014 for

the store.

July 10

• Erick F. Bell, 26, of

2241 E. 78th St. in Chicago,

was charged with

identity theft after he allegedly

used a fraudulent

credit card to buy a laptop

valued at $1,974 from a

store at Orland Square.

He reportedly tried to buy

a laptop valued at $2,700

on July 4 but ran from

the store when asked to

see the credit card. He

returned on July 10 and

was noticed because of an

said. The driver was not

cited in the incident, Lee

added.

On Facebook, the department

noted Wolf Road

was closed from 167th

Street to 159th Street immediately

following the

incident. The crash remains

under investigation.

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alongside that stretch of

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police said. The card was

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a loss prevention officer,

according to the report.

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his use of the card,

police said.

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The Asian Real Estate

Association of America

has named Danielle Moy

to its A-List for 2019, placing

her among the top-producing

AREAA members

who are dedicated to representing

the interests of the

Asian American real estate

market.

Moy ranked No. 2 and

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of the Top 50 individual

real estate agents based on

2018 transaction sides and

sales volume, respectively.

Moy is affiliated with the

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special recognition at

the AREAA National Convention

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the Top 50 individual

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the organization is “open

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Darvin introduces free app

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Darvin Furniture & Mattress

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the chance to conveniently

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The introduction of the

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effort to make sure Darvin

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When Smith Crossing

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director, a position

she held for three-and-ahalf

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where she was named as

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During her seven-plus

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she often found ways to

enliven campus life, establishing

an acting troupe for

residents who performed

improv comedy skits and

short stories, and displayed

their vocal and musical

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Village Players sometimes

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as well.

Prior to returning to

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which provides assisted

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supportive care services.

Mauceri lives with her

husband, Joe, and their

twins, Carly Ann and

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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

FBI.

A weapon was reportedly “inferred,”

but no customers or employees

were physically injured,

according to a post on the official

Facebook page for the Village of

Tinley Park Public Safety.

The offender fled in an “unknown

direction” by “unknown

means.”

In an email to The Tinley

Junction, Tinley Park Police

Chief Matthew Walsh said, “our

units responded and secured the

scene.”

The investigation was turned

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The suspect is described as a

large black male, who wore a

camouflage hat, a black shirt and

multiple gold necklaces.

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FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND

Young resident recovers amid

community support

A young Lockport resident’s

accident on June 7 had left the

community devastated.

Four-year-old Gabby Matlak

had fallen into the pool at a

friend’s house, sustaining lifethreatening

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 been removed

and that was “a very big step for

her.”

“She is currently using the

BiPAP at night but is breathing

room air majority of the day,”

Matlak-Hodges said.

Gabby was having trouble

feeding, and the doctors had to

use a nasojejunal tube — used

for those with weaker digestion

— that bypasses the stomach to

carry food to the second portion

of the small intestine.

But, she is now able to use a

nasogastric tube instead that carries

food directly to her stomach.

“She has been opening her eyes

gradually the last few weeks; she

is not focusing on anyone or anything

yet but it’s nice to be able to

see her pretty blue eyes,” Matlak-

Hodges said.

“She has also been able to be

pushed in her chair around on her

hospital floor.”

The next step for her is to come

home and begin the rehab program.

Matlak-Hodges said she is

overwhelmed by the community’s

support and is in awe of the

sheer volume of people who “can

come together for a little girl.”

Reporting by Abhinanda Datta,

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FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT

Meal-planning class coming to

library

The New Lenox Public Library

is giving residents a chance to

learn how to better prepare and

plan their meals each week.

The event, slate 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 lives.

“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

said.

People interested are required

to register for the event and can

do so at newlenox.librarymarket.

com/meal-planning-program.

For any more questions, contact

Svancarek at ksvancarek@new

lenoxlibrary.org.

It is a free event, and attendees

are encouraged to bring materials

to take notes.

Reporting by Sean Hastings, Editor.

For more, visit NewLenoxPatriot.

com.

FROM THE MOKENA MESSENGER

Four wheels as good as two for

Motorcycle Run organizers

The fifth annual Motorcycle

Run in honor of the late Pfc.

Aaron Toppen is 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, police-escorted

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 begins

at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 17. The cost is

$20 for drivers and $10 for passengers.

Those who wish to only

partake in the after-party will

be charged $10. Proceeds from

the Motorcycle Run benefit Our

Fallen Hero Foundation and Operation

Warrior Wish, Pam Toppen

said.

For more information, visit

ourfallenherofoundation.org.

Reporting by T.J. Kremer III, Editor.

For more, visit MokenaMessenger.com.

FROM THE HOMER HORIZON

LTHS alumna excited to play

volleyball close to home

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 away.”

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

three-day 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 local.

“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.”

Reporting by Randy Whalen,

Freelance Reporter. For more, visit

HomerHorizon.com.

FROM THE FRANKFORT STATION

Park district class introduces

children to baking

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, of

Frankfort, has been teaching

children to cook at the Founders

Community Center for three

years and leads a cooking class

once a month.

“Tonight, we’re making

chewy chip bars,” Koczor explained.

“Each recipe that I do

each month is a different recipe.

… I started this class because

kids like to help out in the kitchen.

This gives them an opportunity

to mix and pour and learn

the steps of baking along with

reading a recipe.”

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.com.


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BILL JONES

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When I first

peeked at last

Monday’s Village

Board agenda, the

“Professional Public Relations

Services - Proposal”

item under the interim

Village manager’s report

caught my attention. I

thought maybe someone

read our in-depth cover

story on the recently retired

deputy public information

officer and decided

to give her some kind of

consulting contract.

Instead, I opened the

text of the measure online

to find the Village was

considering adjusting its

budget to hire a firm called

Reputation Partners at

a cost of up to $20,000

through the end of the

year, to “generate positive

visibility for the Village”

and its leadership. Some

of our Facebook followers

had a visceral reaction to

our story of its approval.

I did, too.

To be fair to the 5 board

members (of the 5-2 who

approved it), this is not

the first incarnation of the

Village Board to approve a

contract for outside public

relations services. And

the Village has reduced

expenditures in the public

information department recently

by much more than

the cost of the contract

through the end of the year.

(The firm would still be

Zoom and enhance

cheaper in a full calendar

year, were the agreement

to be extended at the same

rate.)

Reputation also is important.

If you want people

to move to the village,

if you want business to

invest in it, they need to

know more about Orland

Park than its mall was the

site of a recent shooting,

and its public officials argue

incessantly. The Taste

saw good numbers, they

say, and it is important for

people to know that. (We

gave the event four pages

of coverage last week, for

the record.)

But the budget cuts were

made to shore up a budget.

So, to use them to justify

an extra (read: previously

unplanned) expenditure

that requires a budget adjustment

is self-defeating

logic.

My biggest issue,

though, is how the measure

was presented in Village

text.

“In recent years, some

of the media coverage for

the Village of Orland Park

hasn’t reflected well on

the Village. Reputation

Partners was solicited to

provide the Village with a

proposal for professional

public relations counsel

and support.”

It was followed at the

meeting by comments

from Trustee Bill Healy

that referred to “fake

news,” “misrepresentations”

and “goofy websites.”

Trustee Michael

Milani tacked on a nod

to “news sites that aren’t

necessarily news sites.”

My issue with the proposal

is that rather than just

saying, “We need some PR

help,” its proponents have

used vague rhetoric about

correcting an image that’s

been perpetuated by the

media, rather than owning

the problems that lead to

that coverage. It comes on

the heels of talk of further

transparency in meeting

streams and recordings,

which I 100 percent favor,

as it benefits an informed

electorate, but not when

the rhetoric hints that it’s

a great way to circumvent

media coverage.

I reached out to several

people who voted in favor

of the measure and asked

for some clarity on their

comments. To their credit,

they all responded, and all

have assured us The Prairie

was not the intended

target of their barbs. Again,

to be fair, there have been

some sketchy websites

that tend to be most active

around election time. It

also would be false of me

to say that all media coverage

of the Village has been

equal across outlets.

But, if I’m a general

member of the public, if

I just went to that meeting,

or listened to the

board audio online, I

don’t know exactly what

those comments mean. I

didn’t know for certain

until I asked, which is

why it’s important to have

journalists reporting on

boards — accurately and

fairly, sometimes even if

that means “bad press.”

Because the image they’re

presenting isn’t necessarily

the whole picture, and the

raw data doesn’t always

add up when you have

some missing pieces.

Which is why it worries

me that, in presenting

the PR proposal, interim

Village manager Tom

Dubebeis said the firm

could help to “create an

enhanced positive image

of the Village.” Maybe I’m

just getting caught up in

semantics the way Trustee

Jim Dodge gets caught up

in “process.” But it reads a

lot like an alternative image

of the Village — not a

completely factual one.

And I don’t presume it’s

anything less than the job

of a firm like that to accentuate

the positives and

gloss over the negatives,

but when hired to do so in

conjunction with rhetoric

that undermines independent

news coverage, I have

a problem with it.

The stated goal is to

engage “local and elected

regional media on an ongoing

basis to secure more

positive placements around

the Village of Orland Park

and its leaders on a number

of subjects.”

I’d argue this was a bad

way to cultivate a positive

relationship and image.

Reputation Partners might

have a track record of

effectively enhancing the

visibility of clients in need.

And they might remind us

about some of the positives

Orland Park has to offer.

But it does not solve the

underlying issues of how

residents are being served,

it just makes them more

palatable. And the taste of

bad politics lingers.

I think Milani actually

said it best at the meeting.

“Sometimes I think it’s a

little self-inflicted,” he said

of the image issues. “We

tend to make things political

that might not be.”

Right. And changing

that behavior isn’t easy. It

requires a 7-0 “vote” that

seems unlikely from this

board. But it would be a lot

cheaper and more effective

than a PR firm.


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16 | August 15, 2019 | the orland Park Prairie faith

OPPrairie.com

Pastor Column

FAITH BRIEFS

Parkview Christian Church (11100

Orland Parkway, Orland Park)

Stephen Ministry

Introductory Workshop

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday,

Sept. 7. Registration begins

at 8 a.m. For more

information or to register,

call Stephen Ministries at

(314) 428-2600, or visit

www.stephenministry.org/

workshop.

Know thyself

The Rev. Caleb Hong

Faith United Methodist Church

me, O

God, and know

“Search

my heart; test

me and know my anxious

thoughts. See if there is

any offensive way in me,

and lead me in the way

everlasting.” (Psalm

139:23-24)

I was visiting a church

member recently. She had

not seen me in several

months and asked me an

amazing question.

“Pastor Caleb, you look

different,” she said. “Did

you lose weight?”

Now, I was tempted to

suck in my gut through

the entire visit and lie

through my teeth because

no one has said this to me

in decades. But I decided

not to take advantage of

poor vision and responded

truthfully.

“No, but thank you so

much for making my day.

What kind of flowers can

I bring you on my next

visit?”

Jesus taught that the

greatest commandments

are to love God with all

our heart, soul, mind

and strength, and to love

our neighbor as ourselves.

Part of loving our

neighbor is loving

ourselves, and one of

the prerequisites to loving

ourselves is knowing

ourselves — being

honest and truthful with

ourselves. It is not living

in denial; it is living in

truth. It is boldly and

courageously acknowledging

who we are and

where we are, so that we

can invite God (humbly

and genuinely) to do

God’s life-renewing and

faith-stretching work in

our lives.

The good news: God

knows us. The Psalmist

writes that before a

word is on our tongue,

God knows it already

(Psalms 139). In other

words, there is nothing to

hide from God. There is

nothing we have to sweep

under the rug when we

pray or worship.

God knows exactly

what’s happening in our

hearts (good and bad),

and God loves you more

than you know.

So, here’s the invitation

this morning: Be

honest with yourself and

with God. Put your guard

down. Take time (15 minutes

each day this week)

to pray and journal —

openly and freely to God,

who hears you, knows

you and loves you.

Then, if you need help,

you can ask for it. If

you’re inspired to help,

you can offer it. If God is

inviting you to take a new

(and possibly growth-inducing

and faith-stretching)

step of faith, you can

do it.

The opinions of this column

are those of the writer. They

do not necessarily reflect

those of The Orland Park

Prairie.

Church of the Transfiguration Episcopal

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

Blessing of Backpacks

10 a.m. Sunday, Aug.

18. Children preschool

through college are invited

to participate. Complimentary

childcare provided.

For more information, call

(708) 448-1200.

St. Michael Church (14327 Highland

Ave., Orland Park)

Shawl Ministry

9-10:30 a.m. second

and fourth Tuesdays of the

month. The group crochets

and knits hats, shawls,

scarves for adults and children,

and donates those to

neighbors, friends, cancer

units, hospice, the food

pantry and neonatal units.

The group also meets six

times a year in the evening.

For more information,

contact Donna at

(708) 403-2122.

Southwest Seventh Day Adventist

Church (15760 Wolf Road, Orland

Park)

Worship

10 a.m. Saturday

Ashburn Baptist Church (153rd Street

and Wolf Road, Orland Park)

Bible Study

9:45 a.m.

Faith United Methodist Church (15101

S. 80th Ave., Orland Park)

Codependents Anonymous

10 a.m. each Wednesday.

No dues or fees. All

meetings are confidential.

A group for those seeking

loving relationships with

themselves and with others.

Orland Park Christian Reformed Church

(7500 W. Sycamore Drive, Orland Park)

Family Classics Car Show

5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday,

Sept. 11. Car show including

classic cars, trucks,

motorcycles and hot rods;

“touch-a-truck” for the

children; and great food.

Dinner by donation. Proceeds

benefit Orland Park

Christian Preschool. For

more information or to

register a car for free, visit

www.orlandchurch.com.

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

(15050 S. Wolf Road, Orland Park)

‘Rejoice! Advent

Meditations with Mary’

Journal

The “Rejoice! Advent

Meditations with Mary”

journal, is available for $3

after Masses in the Narthex

or in the Parish office.

People can follow the journal

on their own at home

or sign up for the evening

(Monday) or morning (Friday)

sessions at church.

For more information,

visit shop.ascensionpress.

com/collections/rejoice.

Hope Covenant Church (14401 West

Ave., Orland Park)

Dementia Inside & Out

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

Oct. 5 (once every halfhour).

Free. This hands-on

experience resembles what

a person with dementia experiences

daily — the challenges

and difficulties they

face. For more information,

call (708) 361-7845

or visit aishlingcare.com/

events-calendar. The event

is sponsored by Aishling

Companion Home Care.

Junior High Youth Group

Noon-2 p.m. every other

Sunday. This is an active

group of children from

fourth to seventh grades.

It meets every other Sunday

for a lesson, activity,

games, treats and fellowship.

Cafe

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

All are invited to share refreshments,

fellowship and

conversation after most

Sunday morning services.

Calvary Church (16100 S. 104th Ave.,

Orland Park)

Men’s Barnabas Bible

Study

7-8:30 a.m. Thursdays.

Study various books written

by Christian authors.

Coffee and light refreshments

are served. For

more information, email

info@calvaryop.org.

Sunday Services

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

Christ Lutheran Church (14700 S. 94th

Ave., Orland Park)

NAMI Support Groups

2-4 p.m. fourth Thursday

of the month. Family

support group meetings

provide an opportunity

to meet with others who

have relatives and friends

of individuals living with

a mental illness. Feelings

can be shared and issues

discussed under the guidance

of a trained facilitator.

These meetings are

free.

Services

5 p.m. Saturdays; 8 a.m.,

9:30 and 11 a.m. Sundays.

Sunday School and Bible

study during the 9:30 a.m.

service.

Communion Service

6 p.m. Every third

Wednesday of the month.

AA Meetings

7 p.m. Every Thursday

Al-Anon

7 p.m. Every Friday

Our Lady of the Woods Church (10731

W. 131st, Orland Park)

Eucharistic Adoration

9 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays.

The church invites

all to spend some silent

time with The Lord in its

chapel. For more information,

call (708) 361-4754.

Presbyterian Church in Orland Park

(13401 S. Wolf Road, Orland Park)

MOPS (Mothers of Pre-

Schoolers)

9-11 a.m. second and

fourth Tuesdays of the

month. Fellowship, friendship

and renewal. Childcare

provided for children

ages 0-5 years, while

moms enjoy sharing refreshments,

engaging in

discussions and creating

craft projects to take home.

For more information,

contact Cindy at cindyp

cop@comcast.net, (708)

448-8142 or visit www.

mops.org/groups/pcop.

Thursday Evening Bible

Study

7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays

Living Word Lutheran Church (16301 S.

Wolf Road, Orland Park)

PUSH Prayer

9:30 a.m. Tuesdays. All

are welcome to take part in

person or take 10-15 minutes

to pray for the country,

church, community and

individual needs. Meetings

take place the second

Tuesday of the month.

Standing Stone Church (Robert

Davidson Center, 14700 Park Lane,

Orland Park)

Sunday Services

9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Hour of Prayer

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

Children and Youth

Activities

7 p.m. Wednesdays

Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Editor Bill

Jones at bill@opprairie.com

or call (708) 326-9170 ext.

20. Information is due by

noon on Thursdays one week

prior to publication.


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the orland park prairie | August 15, 2019 | 17

Inspiring Instagrammer takes on pageant

Sandburg junior to

participate in Miss

Illinois Teen USA

pageant

Will O’Brien

Freelance Reporter

A local teen who has

used Instagram as a platform

for positivity is taking

her talents to a new

venue: Miss Illinois Teen

USA.

The competition, set for

Aug. 31-Sept. 2 in Bloomington-Normal,

will be

the debut pageant for

Victoria Eakins, a rising

junior at Sandburg High

School who has overcome

challenges with dyslexia

to serve as an inspiration

for others.

“I’m so excited — a

little nervous, but more

excited.” Eakins said.

“I’ve been preparing for

a long time, and it’s already

changed who I am,

confidence-wise, and my

ability to talk to a group

of people.”

Eakins has not always

had the easiest time in

school. Diagnosed with

severe dyslexia and

dyscalculia, which make

reading and performing

math problems particularly

difficult, the Orland

Parker endured bullying

from an early age.

She came to better understand

the condition as

she grew older, though,

and in sixth grade recorded

a YouTube video about

dyslexia that her school

district then used to educate

teachers on the issue.

“I used my disability

as not a disadvantage but

something to my advantage,”

Eakins said.

She has since continued

“If I’m able to share my message

and help even one person, it will

be worth it. It’s really going to

help me grow.”

Victoria Eakins — Orland Parker who suffers

from dyslexia and dyscalculia, on her pageant

debut

in the same spirit, using

social media — Instagram

in particular — to talk

about her struggles and

encourage others to confront

theirs.

“Yes, there will always

be challenges,” she said.

“But you have to learn

from them and keep moving

forward.”

Eakins, who also recently

has gotten into

modeling, began exploring

the pageant world

months ago and, after putting

out some feelers, was

contacted by the team at

Vanbros and Associates,

producers of the pageant.

They formally invited her

to participate, and she has

been in preparation mode

since.

She has attended several

clinics led by PR Pageant

Coaches, a pageant consultancy,

and has put in

plenty of practice at home

and around Orland Park.

In addition to sharpening

her interviewing and

pageant-walking skills,

the clinics have connected

Eakins with more experienced

contestants, who

have been generous with

pageant-wisdom and their

friendship, she said.

The winner of the pageant

— scored on interview,

active wear and

evening gown segments

— will go on to the Miss

Teen USA contest next

spring.

A physical trainer with

the Sandburg football

team and member of the

school’s Mindfulness

Club, Eakins said she already

is looking forward

to doing more pageants,

regardless of this one’s

outcome.

“I want to keep trying,”

she said. “It’s going to be

fun no matter what.”

In addition to the quickly

approaching school

year, Eakins also is looking

forward to a trip to

Los Angeles in the fall,

the result of a modeling

contest in which she

placed in the Top 10 earlier

this summer.

Terri Eakins, Victoria’s

mother, was not sure

about her daughter entering

the pageant world at

first but has come to view

the competitions differently

since they’ve become

involved.

“I thought, ‘Oh my

gosh, what are you getting

into? Come on Victoria,’”

Terri said. “The

more we’ve gotten into

it, though, it’s really like

a sisterhood. They convey

a lot of positive messages,

and it’s actually really

wonderful.”

She described Victoria,

Pictured is Victoria Eakins, an Orland Park resident and Sandburg junior who later

this month is to compete in the Miss Illinois Teen USA pageant in Bloomington-

Normal. CG3 Photography

with a laugh, as “small in

stature but big in personality.”

Several local businesses

are sponsoring Victoria’s

pageant participation.

While Eakins said she

certainly would not mind

claiming the crown, she

also is content to simply

enjoy — and learn from

— the experience.

“If I’m able to share

my message and help

even one person, it will be

worth it,” she said. “It’s

really going to help me

grow.”


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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, 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

Night Out - Last Call Before Fall.

Colleen and Mike McLaughlin of The

McLaughlin Team, Coldwell Banker, host

a booth at Ladies Night Out - Last Call

Before Fall.

Artisan soaps from Gracie Pie

Apothecary were on sale at Ladies Night

Out - Last Call Before Fall.


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the orland park prairie | August 15, 2019 | 19

Homes for Guardians sponsorship makes dream possible for AQHA competitor

Sean Hastings

Contributing Editor

John Greenan, of Orland

Park, was the first to

ever compete in an AQHA

showmanship with a service

animal.

Greenan began riding

at Nova Quarter Horses in

Mokena three years ago as

a therapy technique for his

multiple sclerosis, lupus,

post-traumatic stress disorder

and traumatic brain

injury.

But his MS started acting

up a year-and-a-half

ago and required 10 surgeries

in a roughly sixmonth

time frame. And he

was unable to ride.

Lorri Ebeling, owner

of Nova, helped come up

with the idea that Greenan

would learn halter and

showmanship with one

of the horses at the barn

along with his service dog

Buggs, since the MS and

traumatic brain injury both

caused instability walking,

as well as continuous

numbness and loss of feeling

sensation in his right

leg.

“We started practicing,

and it took us about six

months to a year to get

the service dog and the

horse orientated enough

with each other,” Greenan

said. “Immediately,

though, Cappuccino [the

horse] and Buggs took

to each other as best

friends.

“That part was easy.

It was the difficulty of

learning how to work with

a 1,000-pound animal and

a 70-pound animal you’re

using for stability and

walking, and sometimes

The Disabled Patriot Fund

announces Evening of Care

trotting along with the

horse in a pattern.”

When Greenan competes

in AQHA shows, he

is in the Equestrians with

Disabilities class. At the

end of June, he competed

with Buggs and Cappuccino,

becoming the first

service animal, horse,

handler trio in AQHA history.

It is now an official rule

that others can compete in

the same style.

It is Greenan’s dream to

be able to continue competing,

and Tony and Jessica

Martinez, of Century

21 Pride Realty, and their

Homes for Guardians program

has made it possible.

The sponsorship/

friendship

Needing help financially

to be able to continue

to compete, Greenan went

to Facebook to find local

businesses, and sent out

roughly 200 letters explaining

his unique situation

with Buggs and the

riding program. He said

they needed help to live

that dream.

That is where Tony

and Jessica come into

play. The duo responded,

moved by Greenan’s story,

in part because Tony

is a disabled veteran who

has PTSD.

“We sponsor him now,

and with every sale we

give him a portion of it,

and it goes to helping him

compete in his shows and

cover any expenses he has

with traveling, because

money is tight for him being

on disability,” Jessica

said. “We just help him

anyway we can.”

Greenan has a fund

through Nova, which is

where the money goes for

his AQHA shows.

Tony and Jessica are already

involved in similar

sponsorships/partnerships

with Homes for Guardians,

an organization

through which they work

with veterans, first responders,

teachers, union

members and medical

professionals. Homes for

Guardians is a home buying/selling

rebate program

for the “guardians.”

They can be contacted

at tjmartinezc21@gmail.

com.

“We are open to sponsoring

others and, with

John, we want people

to reach out and help as

many people as we can,”

Jessica said. “Anyone that

suffers from PTSD — my

husband is a disabled veteran

and that is how we

started Homes for Guardians.

That was his outlet

and that grew for us, and

if someone didn’t help

him I don’t know if he’d

be here. Now we’re trying

to pay it forward.”

Naturally, Tony and

Jessica are happy they are

able to be a part of Greenan’s

journey.

“Before I started this

program ... I was really

the kind of person that

stayed home a lot and

shut myself out,” Greenan

said. “The whole program

brought me out of my

shell.

“And now, with the financial

help from Tony

and Jessica, I’m able to

be an advocate and inspire

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Staff Report

Hot on the heels of the

success of its annual golf

outing at Cog Hill Golf

and Country Club, the Orland

Park-based Disabled

Patriot Fund is announcing

An Evening of Care

2019.

The event is to take

place starting at 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 28 at Thomas E.

Hartung American Legion

Post 1977, 14414 W. Ford

Drive in New Lenox.

The event will offer servicemen

and women complementary

food, information

and appreciation

at the event. The Evening

of Care is to include information

on ways to help

with anxiety and sleep

disorders that may be the

result of post-traumatic

stress disorder.

There will be a master

chief, guest speakers,

raffle and a veterans’

gift bag, according to

organizers. Chaplains,

counselors and other veterans

will be available

throughout the evening

for those who need to talk

with someone or share

experiences.

To register or for more

information, visit dis

abledpatriotfund.org/anevening-of-care,

or email

EOC@DisabledPatriot

Fund.org.

The Disable Patriot

Fund benefits local

military families who

have been adversely affected

by the War on

Terror.

At the Disabled Patriot Fund’s annual golf outing at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, (left to right)

Miguel Delgado, Brian Wilhelm, Vernon Mitchell and Mike Jaborek received checks from the organization, which

generated nearly $30,000 through the outing to help the cause. Photo submitted


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Palestine in America —

an online and print magazine

— is celebrating five

years since its launch with

the annual Palipalooza festival

on Thursday, Aug. 22

in Worth, and an Orland

Park performer is set to

take the stage at the event.

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Founder of Palestine in

America Nader Ihmoud

said he was inspired to create

the magazine after he

felt silenced by the media.

“I want Palestinians

to have a platform to use

their voice,” Ihmoud said.

“I want people to come to

the event and leave feeling

a sense of urgency to speak

up for what they believe

in.”

Ihmoud said the location

is different each year, as is

the lineup.

“We have had Palipalooza

all over the Chicagoland

area,” he said.

“Many of the people who

come out are from the

Bridgeview-Worth area,

and that played a factor

into our location this year.

We also try to choose different

people to perform.

When choosing people,

we look for someone very

talented that is not as wellknown.

We want to help

these performers network

and be known.”

One of the performers is

returning for their fourth

time. That is Yara The Poet,

an Orland Park native who

has been performing poetry

for years. Ihmoud said she

is the best Palestinian poet

in Chicago, and organizers

invite her back every year.

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other people with disabilities

to pursue a dream.”

Greenan said the

mold has been broken in

AQHA, and he thinks he

has opened a door for other

people with disabilities

who may want to compete

with service animals.

Jessica said they try

to make it to as many of

“There’s not many big

like festivals or big events

that are Palestinian centered,

when it comes to the

arts,” Yara said. “Palestinian

events are either fundraisers

or held by much

older people in the community

where the arts aren’t

really taken seriously at

all.”

The 24-year-old-poet

said she is performing three

poems this year. Two of

them are brand new, and

another is titled “Stronger

than the Gun,” which Yara

said highlights Palestinian

strength and resilience.

“I love performing that

piece, because it puts a lot

of adrenaline in me,” Yara

said. “I want to hype up

the crowd, as well and remind

them how strong we

are as a people, especially

united.”

Doors for Palipalooza

open at 6 p.m. at Al Keif

Hookah Lounge, 7011 W.

111th St., and the event includes

vendors, food and

special guests. Tickets are

$15 for general admission

and $25 for a VIP ticket,

which includes a hookah.

Tickets for Palipolooza are

available on Palestine in

America’s website, palesti

neinamerica.com, and at

the door.

Greenan’s shows as they

can.

“He’s our friend now,”

Jessica said. “He and his

dog I hold really close to

my heart. I’m very blessed

to have found him.”

Greenan feels the same

way.

“None of this would

have been possible without

the help from Tony

and Jessica,” Greenan

said.


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The Dish

Gatto’s offers delicious Italian fare, familial comforts

Abhinanda Datta

Assistant Editor

For those looking to take

a break from their routine,

there is a quaint eatery in

Orland Park that not only

boasts delectable fare but

also affable staff members

who work to ensure diners

are treated like family.

Gatto’s Italian Restaurant

and Bar located at

8801 W. 143rd St. in Orland

Park was born out of

brothers Frank and Chuck

Gatto’s love for food and

an appreciation of their

rich Italian heritage.

“Growing up, we both

worked for restaurants in

Little Italy, and in 2000 we

decided to give our own

place a try,” Frank said.

“We are 100 percent Italian,

and our families are

great cooks. We borrowed

all the recipes from them

and started this journey.”

The first Gatto’s opened

in Tinley Park and, after

winning hearts in a few

southwest suburban neighborhoods,

heard about an

opportunity in Orland Park

in 2014.

“This town has a diverse

population, and I think every

town like this needs a

place like ours — a place

where you can come in

with your family or your

date and enjoy reasonably

priced food with a good

atmosphere and great service.”

Frank said. “It is a

place where you can really

feel comfortable.”

With oodles of charm

and a decor reminiscent of

a restaurant tucked away

in a corner of a winding

street in Italy, Gatto’s may

not be the only place in the

area serving this cuisine,

but it is unique.

“We created this concept

that we like to call comfort

food,” Frank said.

“It is basically all the

food you love eating at

home, really simple items

from pastas to chicken

Parmesan, with fresh ingredients

and made to order.”

The menu has more

than 70 items from salads

to desserts, and an array

of appetizers and entrees

in between. According

to Frank, guests usually

like to begin with Gatto’s

Garbage Salad ($8.25), a

dish that creates visual,

culinary chaos on the plate

with a host of vegetables

such as romaine lettuce,

roasted red peppers and

onions, along with ham,

and blue and Fontinella

cheeses, topped with an

Italian vinaigrette.

Next on the list is the

fried calamari (10.95) —

breaded squid rings and

tentacles, served with a

zesty cocktail sauce and

lemons.

“This is my favorite

dish, too,” manager Denise

Sexton said. “It is the best

fried calamari I have eaten

anywhere.”

Choosing an entree can

be confounding, but Gatto

himself has a clear winner:

a pasta that harks back to

his childhood days.

“I love the Portofino

[$21.95], because that is

what my brother and I enjoyed

the most,” he said. “It

is basically a hearty concoction

of fresh shrimps,

mussels, clams, calamari,

on a bed of pasta, with a

thin marinara sauce.”

Although there are plenty

of desserts from which

to choose, the tiramisu

($5.95) is the perfect dish

to cap off the meal. It has

the right blend of bitter

espresso, balanced by the

sweetness of the rich cocoa

and whipped cream,

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Restaurant and Bar

8801 W. 143rd St. in

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Hours

• 4-10 p.m. Monday-

Thursday

• 4-11 p.m. Friday-

Sunday

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8700

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enclosed within a scrumptious,

smooth texture.

Made from scratch and

fully customizable, special

items are offered each day,

and Gatto’s will even prepare

items that are not on

the menu.

“We can make any dish

you want,” Sexton said.

“You can choose the kind

of pasta or the kind of

sauce and even a whole

dish like the chicken Milanese

($17.50) that was offered

as one of the daily

specials.”

The restaurant also has

a rooftop bar with a view.

And every Wednesday,

Gatto’s hosts a Cruise

Night — a classic car

show for the family. There

are no additional costs for

participating, but goodies

such as T-shirts are sold

at the venue, the proceeds

from which are donated to

a local charity.

“We always try to do

something that impacts the

community in a positive

way,” Frank said. “This

year, we are donating to

a local veterans organization.”

Frank’s great-grandparents

were immigrants

from Bari, Italy, and every

Sunday Frank would drive

to their house to savor a

The angel hair broccoli aglio ($11.75) is easy on the palate, with flavors of olive oil

and garlic. Photos by Abhinanda Datta/22ndCentury Media

The eggplant Parmesan ($15.25), served over a bed of pasta and covered in marinara

sauce, is a popular vegetarian dish.

day with his big family.

“We did not have a lot

back then, except each

other and food,” he said.

“And it was some of the

best foods you could ever

imagine.”

With an inherent regard

for familial bonds, Frank

made sure his restaurant

had a very clear motto:

“You arrive as friends and

leave as family.”

Despite the challenges,

he said he feels fortunate

“to do something I love.”

And while the food is important,

offering a friendly

service is what truly drives

him.

“This business is tough,

and you spend long hours

away from your loved

ones,” Frank said. “But we

wouldn’t change a thing,”

“Our staff is trained to

interact with the guests,

because everyone wants

to be treated nicely. We

consider our customers as

family and want to give

them a place in this town

that they can call home.”


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Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur

Across

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5. Birthday buys

10. Impertinent

14. Twelfth part

15. Leaking slowly

16. German “a”

17. ___-carotene

18. British pop singer

Lewis

19. Future atty.’s

hurdle

20. New skin and

beauty bar for

Mokena

22. Hands, in slang

23. Money in electronic

form

24. White ___

25. Cadillac model

26. “Talk of the Nation”

airer

29. Roman 102

30. Pat

33. Limb

35. High flier at the

beach

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tasks

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forces, for short

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among Israeli PMs

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star, Lindsay ____

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to a collection

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Harshman

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leaders

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9. Resort with mineral

springs

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Couple” roommate

11. Grocery store need

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21. Cry before disaster

22. Parisian me

24. New Mokena

pizza place, goes with

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28. Oscar de la ___

29. Origami bird

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for short

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Ottoman Empire

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36. Special attention,

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type

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to legend

ORLAND PARK

Traverso’s Restaurant

(15601 S Harlem Ave,

Orland Park; (708) 532-

2220)

■5-7 ■ p.m. Mondays:

Free bar bingo

Girl in the Park

(11265 W. 159th St.,

Orland Park; (708) 226-

0042)

■8 ■ p.m. Wednesday-

Saturday: Live music

The Brass Tap

(14225 95th Ave. Suite

400, Orland Park; (708)

226-1827)

■8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Trivia. Prizes awarded

■9 ■ p.m. Fridays and

Saturdays: Live music

Dan ‘D’ Jac’s

(9358 171st St., Orland

Hills; (708) 460-8773

■9 ■ p.m.-1 a.m.

Wednesdays: acoustic

open mic night

■9:30 ■ p.m.-1:30 a.m.

Thursdays: karaoke

■9:30 ■ p.m.-2:30 a.m.

Fridays and Saturdays:

karaoke

Fox’s Restaurant and Pub

(9655 W. 143rd St.,

Orland Park; (708) 349-

2111)

■6-9 ■ p.m. Thursday,

Friday, and Saturday:

Eman

■6-9 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Gene Infelise and

Francesca

Papa Joe’s

(14459 S. LaGrange

Road, Orland Park;

(708) 403-9099)

■6-10 ■ p.m. Fridays: The

keyboard stylings of

Roger Pampel

Square Celt Ale House &

Grill

(39 Orland Square

Drive, Orland Park;

(708) 226-9600)

■8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Free

Bar Bingo

■8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Free Trivia

■9 ■ p.m. Fridays or

Saturdays: Live

Music

■10 ■ p.m. Sundays:

Karaoke

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in The Scene, email

a.datta@22ndcentury

media.com.

answers

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Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that

has been subdivided into nine smaller grids

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

column and box must contain each of the

numbers 1-9.

LEVEL: Medium

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Distinctive Home Builders Introduces New Craftsman Homes

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

New designs are a result of buyer feedback

Two refreshing designs mark

the beginning of a new series

of Craftsman-style homes

available from Distinctive Home

Builders at its latest new home

communities: Prairie Trails;

located in Manhattan within the

highly-regarded

Lincoln-Way

School District and at WestGate

Manor in Peotone within the

desirable Peotone School District.

“Craftsman homes were

introduced in the early 1900s in

California with designs based on a

simpler, functional aesthetic using

a higher level of craftsmanship

and natural materials. These

homes were a departure from

homes that were mass produced

from that era, “according to Bryan

Nooner, president of Distinctive

Home Builders.

“The Craftsman design has

made a comeback today for many

of the same reasons it started over

a century ago. Our customers

want to live in a home that gets

away from the “mass produced”

look and live in a home that has

more character. As a result of

our daily interaction with our

homeowners and their input, we

are excited to introduce these two

homes, with additional designs in

the works.”

Nooner, who meets with each

homeowner prior to construction,

has been working on these plans

for a while and felt that the

timing was ideal for the debut.

“Customers were asking for

something different and simple

with less monotony and higher

architectural standards.” The

result was the Craftsman ranch

and the Prairie two story, now

available at Prairie Trails and

WestGate Manor. The Craftsman

ranch features an open floor plan

with Great Room, three bedrooms,

two baths and a two-car (optional

three-car) garage. The Prairie

features a two-story foyer and

Great Room, three bedrooms

and one and one-half baths, a

convenient Flex Room space

on the main level and a two-car

(optional three-car) garage. The

Craftsman architectural elements

on both homes include brick and

stone exteriors with cedar shake

accent siding, low-pitched gabled

bracket roofs, front porches with

tapered columns and stone piers,

partially paned windows, and a

standard panel front entry door.

Distinctive Home Builders

offers a Craftsman-style trim

package offering trim without

ornate profiles and routers. The

trim features simplicity in design

with rectangles, straight lines and

layered look trims over doors for

example. The front entry door

will have the standard Craftsman

panel style door. Distinctive has

also created a Craftsman color

palate to assist buyers in making

coordinated choices for the

interior of their new Craftsman

home. Colors, cabinet styles and

flooring choices blend seamlessly

with the Craftsman trim package

and are available in gray tones

package and earth tones.

Distinctive offers custom maple

kitchen cabinets featuring solid

wood construction (no particle

board), have solid wood drawers

with dove tail joints, which is

very rare in the marketplace.

“When you buy a new home

from Distinctive, you truly are

receiving custom made cabinets

in every home we sell no matter

what the price range,” noted

Nooner.

Distinctive Home Builders

works to achieve a delivery goal

of 90 days with zero punch list

items for its homeowners. “Our

three decades building homes

provides an efficient construction

system,” said Nooner. “Many

of our skilled craftsmen have

been working with our company

for over 20 years. We also

take pride on having excellent

communicators throughout our

organization. This translates into

a positive buying and building

experience for our homeowners

and one of the highest referral

rates in the industry.” Nooner

added that all homes are highly

energy efficient. Every home

built will have upgraded wall and

ceiling insulation values with

energy efficient windows and

high efficiency furnaces. Before

homeowners move into their new

home, Distinctive Home Builders

conducts a blower door test that

pressurizes the home to ensure

that each home passes a set of

very stringent Energy Efficiency

guidelines.

With the addition of these two

new designs, there are now 15

ranch, split-level and six two

story single-family home styles

to choose from each offering from

three to eight different exterior

elevations at both communities.

The three- to four-bedroom

homes feature one and one-half

to two-and-one-half baths, two

to three-car garages and a family

room, all in approximately 1,600

to over 3,000 square feet of living

space. Basements are included in

most models as well. Distinctive

also encourages customization

to make your new home truly

personalized to suit your lifestyle.

Oversize home sites; brick

exteriors on all four sides of the

first floor; custom maple cabinets;

ceramic tile or hardwood floors

in the kitchen, baths and foyer;

genuine wood trim and doors

and concrete driveways can all

be yours at Prairie Trails and

WestGate Manor. Most all home

sites at Prairie Trails andWestGate

Manor can accommodate a threecar

garage; a very important

amenity to the Manhattan

homebuyer, said Nooner. “When

we opened Prairie Trails and

WestGate Manor we wanted

to provide the best new home

value for the dollar and we feel

with offering Premium Standard

Features that we do just that. So

why wait? This is truly the best

time to build your dream home!”

Prairie Trails is also a beautiful

place to live and raise a family

featuring a 20-acre lake on site,

as well as direct access to the 22-

mile Wauponsee Glacial Prairie

Path that borders the community

and meanders through many

neighboring communities and

links to many other popular trails.

The Manhattan Metra station is

less than a mile away.

Besides Prairie Trails,

Distinctive Home Builders

has built homes throughout

Manhattan in the Butternut Ridge

and Leighlinbridge developments,

as well as in the Will and south

Cook county areas over the past

30 years.

Distinctive has two early

delivery homes available at its

newest community, Cedar Creek

in Joliet where you can choose

your colors now and move in 45

days. One is a three-bedroom

Princeton ranch with two full

baths in an open floor plan with

kitchen and Great Room. Priced

at $289,990 this home has over

$20,000 in free upgrades. The

second home is a Brentwood

three-bedroom raised ranch with

an oversized garage. Priced at

$279,900, this home features

many interior and exterior

architectural details and over

$30,000 in free upgrades.

Visit the on-site sales

information center for

unadvertised specials and view

the numerous styles of homes

being offered and the available

lots. Call Lynne Rinck at (708)

737-9142 or (708) 479-7700 for

more information or visit www.

distinctivehomebuilders.com.

The Prairie Trails and WestGate

Manor new home information

center is located three miles

south of Laraway Rd. on Rt.

52. The address is 24458 S.

Rt. 52, Manhattan, IL. 60422.

Open Daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:00

p.m. Closed Wednesday and

Thursday and always available by

appointment.

Specials, prices, specifications,

standard features, model

offerings, build times and lot

availability are subject to change

without notice. Please contact

a Distinctive representative for

current pricing and complete

details.


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July 1

• 12113 Somerset

Road, Orland Park,

60467-1125 - Patrick

R. Kelly to Vincent M.

Lencioni, $285,000

• 12106 Venetian Way,

Orland Park, 60467-

1171 - Jody Strylowski

to Kelly L. Rank,

$347,550

July 5

• 9941 Treetop

Drive 2NE, Orland

Park, 60462-4667

- Donna Galatte to

Christina Stavropoulos,

Victoria Stavropoulos,

$126,500

• 8822 Clearview

Drive, Orland Park,

60462-2774 - Anderson

Trust to Carol A.

Lieberman, $244,000

• 14521 Lake Ridge

Road, Orland Park,

60462-7417 - Trevor

K. Frericks to Katie B.

Dimperio, $334,000

• 8224 Red Oak Lane,

Orland Park, 60462-

1756 - Paulius Trust

to Joseph Pajak, Carla

Pajak, $371,500

July 8

• 14010 Tod William

Drive, Orland Park,

60462-2244 - John

R. Van Wyk to Bozena

Urszula Garvaz,

$265,000

• 8801 W. 147th St.,

Orland Park, 60462-

2701 - Bryan M.

Miller to Shannon E.

Haperkorn, $265,000

July 9

• 14949 Huntington

Court, Orland Park,

60462-3041 - Gavin

Trust to Thomas A.

Miranda, Dulse A.

Miranda, $184,000

• 11911 Windemere

Court 103, Orland Park,

60467-1445 - Susan

M. Slater to Patrick J.

Carey, $212,500

• 16461 Sherwood

Drive, Orland Park,

60462-5670 - Thomas

R. Dorn yo Kristin

Duewerth, $228,000

• 15637 Plum Tree

Drive, Orland Park,

60462-5990 - Harry

Kokolus to Wesley

Gonzalez, Christina

Gonzalez, $400,000

• 10447 Crown Drive,

Orland Park, 60467-

8583 - Eleanor E.

Martin Trustee to

Robert J. Wirth Jr.,

Jennifer L. Wirth,

$410,000

July 10

• 15708 Orlan Brook

Drive 153, Orland Park,

60462-4833 - Jessica

Cook to Jan Nelson,

$146,000

• 9143 Sutton Court,

Orland Park, 60462-

6513 - Rosette Liptak

to Vickie Yuskis,

$193,000

• 8123 Bob O Link

Road, Orland Park,

60462-4119 - Elias T.

Larson to Matthew C.

Ryan, Tracy L. Ryan,

$355,000

• 11050 Dover Court,

Orland Park, 60467-

9419 - Sandra Cavoto

to Anthony F. Williams,

$520,000

July 11

• 15124 Huntington

Court, Orland Park,

60462-3544 - Ciriaco

S. Casas to Kifah J.

Hasan, Ranyah R.

Shalaldeh, $180,000

• 15531 112th Court,

Orland Park, 60467-

5871 - Mtglq Investors

Lp to Ausra Rupslaukis,

$195,000

• 11851 Somerset

Road, Orland Park,

60467-1424 - Bernard

D. San Gabriel to A.

Sharif Begermi, Jane S.

Begermi, $258,000

• 16434 Sharon Court,

Orland Park, 60467-

5592 - Terrence F.

Odriscoll to Richard

Carson, $232,000

• 7830 W. 151st

St., Orland Park,

60462-2932 - James

Durham to Ann T. Dale,

$285,000

• 17524 Mayher Drive,

Orland Park, 60467-

8558 - Jerry E. Lindner

to William Nosek, Dana

Nosek, $350,000

• 7830 Sioux Road,

Orland Park, 60462-

1893 - Anthony F.

Cocco Trustee to Patrick

W. Carroll Jr., Deborah

Carroll, $415,000

• 17340 Deer Point

Drive, Orland Park,

60467-7804 - Eric

P. Burton to Carlos

Stremi, Maria Sol Alba,

$770,000

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CLASSIFIEDS

Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

Maintenance &

Janitorial Positions

Full-time (w/ benefits package)

employees wanted for

janitorial and maintenance

of south-suburban apartment

community (Orland Hills)

Responsibilities would

include but not be limited to:

Janitorial - general, basic

cleaning skills

Maintenance - light electrical,

plumbing, and general

maintenance of the property

If you are interested in this

position, please email:

HRmailbox@pmdchicago.com

School Bus Drivers Wanted

Homer School District 33C

seeks quality individuals

to join our family of

school bus drivers.

$17.42/hr. + full benefits

available

Training provided.

Call (708) 226-7625

or visit homerschools.org

employment tab

Part-Time Kitchen Help

M & W 8-4 Homer Glen

Measure, blend, clean.

Must be able to lift 40 lbs.

$11 per hr. no exp,

more based on exp.

Inquiries w/ job history &

contact info:

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1003 Help Wanted

Outside Work:

Lawn Fertilizing & Core

Aeration: Year-round &

Seasonal Employment

Potential for paid winters off.

Benefits incl. health, dental,

IRA. Good driving rec a must.

Time and a half over 40 hrs.

$15/hr starting pay.

Apply in-person 7am - 5pm

Lawn-Tech, Ltd.

7320 Duvan Dr

Tinley Park, IL

708-532-7411

Sterling Site Access

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Located in Phoenix, IL

(near Harvey, IL)

Seeking: Manufacturing

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recruiting@sterlingsolutions.com

Hiring Desk Clerk

(must be flexible w/ shifts)

& Housekeeping

(Morning)

Needed at Super 8 Motel

Apply within:

9485 W. 191st St, Mokena

No Phone Calls

Local company looking for

Exp. Dump Truck Driver

Class A & B

Full & part-time available

Dump experience necessary

815-485-2490

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blower, recumbent bike,

kitchen items, and much more

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housewares and much

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New Lenox 1382 Lahard Rd

8/17-8/18 8-3pm Downsizing!

Home decor, patio sets, power

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exercise equip., baby &kids

clothes/toys/gear, and somuch

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1023 Caregiver

1061 Autos Wanted

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I am a retired RN that

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Excellent references

Please call for more details

(815) 614-8140

Garage

Sale

1052 Garage Sale

New Lenox 711 Columbia Dr

8/17 8-2pm Misc items, wedding

dress, dresser, BMC tractor,

sewing machine &much

more

Orland Park 11340 Brigitte

Terrace ,8/16 &8/17 9-3pm

household items, appliances,

sporting goods, clothes, toys

Orland Park 11684 Valley

Brook Dr, 8/15 &8/16 8-1pm

hshld items, designer cloths,

jewerly, Knex sets, golf bag

1053 Multi Family

Sale

Tinley Park 180th Place &

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8-2pm, kids bikes, tool chest,

tools, vacuums, vintage items,

records, decor, chairs, gardenplanters,

jewelery and more!

Automotive

Automotive

$52

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7 papers

WANTED!

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815-278-1576

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1 Bedroom apt. $ 850

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$30

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Property For Rent

2 Units Available!

Frankfort in Heritage Plaza

1900 to 2270 sq. ft.

Call for details

815-469-1844 ext. 206

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Sell It 708.326.9170

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Merchandise

per line

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$50

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Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

2003 Appliance Repair

QUALITY

APPLIANCE

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• Air Conditioning • Furnaces

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Automotive

$52

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2007 Black Dirt/Top Soil

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Rough Black Dirt

Driveway Gravel

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www.sawyerdirt.com

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per line $13

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7 papers

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7 papers

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7 papers

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$50 7 7 papers

lines/

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$30 7 4 papers

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2132 Home Improvement

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2276 Tuckpointing/Masonry

2220 Siding

2701 Property for

Sale

2701 Property for

Sale

2701 Property for

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2394 Debt Relief

2390 Computer Services/Repair

2294 Window

Cleaning

P.K.WINDOW

CLEANING CO.

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Gutter Cleaning

Power Washing

Office Cleaning

call and get $40.00 off

708 974-8044

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2480 Furniture

Furniture For Sale!

3-piece Bedroom set

2 End tables, 1 Coffee table

1 Behind the couch table

1 Living room sofa

1 Family room sofa + Loveseat

3-piece Study furniture

Chair + Ottoman

Best offer for each piece!

Call (708) 870-1898

2484 Medical

Equip/Supplies

Pride Jazzy Select Elite Power

Wheelchair w/O2 tank holder.

Bought 2018 $3550, like new,

used few times. $1500 OBO

708-929-8200

2489 Merchandise

Wanted

Metal Wanted

Scrap Metal, Garden

Tractors,

Snowmobiles,

Appliances, Etc.

ANYTHING METAL!

Call 815-210-8819

Free pickup!

2490 Misc.

Merchandise

Newer white appliances;

dishwasher $200, microwave

over range $200, side by side

refridgerator w/ ice maker

$1000. Call 815-370-7965

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFCOOK

COUNTY, ILLINOIS

COUNTY DEPARTMENT -CHAN-

CERY DIVISION

WILMINGTON SAVINGS FUND SO-

CIETY, FSB, NOT IN ITS INDIVID-

UAL CAPACITY BUT SOLELY IN

ITS CAPACITY ASOWNER TRUS-

TEE OF MATAWIN VENTURES

TRUST SERIES 2018-1

Plaintiff,

-v.-

COLLEEN CONNELLY, ROYAL

RIDGE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIA-

TION, ROYAL RIDGE ESTATES

TOWNHOME ASSOCIATION

Defendants

17 CH 11244

9403 LINDSAY STREET

Orland Hills, IL 60477

NOTICE OF SALE

PUBLIC NOTICE ISHEREBY GIVEN

that pursuant to aJudgment ofForeclosure

and Sale entered in the above cause

on June 11, 2019, an agent for The Judicial

Sales Corporation, will at 10:30

AM on September 12, 2019, at The Judicial

Sales Corporation, One South

Wacker Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606,

sell at a public sale to the highest bidder,

as set forth below, the following described

real estate:

Commonly known as 9403 LINDSAY

STREET, Orland Hills, IL 60477

Property Index No. 27-27-111-007-0000

The real estate is improved with asingle

family residence.

The judgment amount was $157,086.50.

Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid

by certified funds at the close of the sale

payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation.

No third party checks will beaccepted.

The balance, including the Judicial

Sale fee for the Abandoned Residential

Property Municipality Relief

Fund, which is calculated on residential

real estate atthe rate of $1 for each

$1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount

paid by the purchaser not to exceed

$300, in certified funds/or wire transfer,

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

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale.

The subject property is subject to general

real estate taxes, special assessments,

orspecial taxes levied against

said real estate and is offered for sale

without any representation as to quality

or quantity of title and without recourse

to Plaintiff and in “AS IS” condition.

The sale is further subject to confirmation

by the court.

Upon payment in full ofthe amount bid,

the purchaser will receive aCertificate

of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to

adeed to the real estate after confirmation

of the sale.

The property will NOT be open for inspection

and plaintiff makes no representation

astothe condition ofthe property.

Prospective bidders are admonished

to check the court file to verify all

information.

If this property isacondominium unit,

the purchaser ofthe unit atthe foreclosure

sale, other than amortgagee, shall

pay the assessments and the legal fees

required by The Condominium Property

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

If this property isacondominium unit

which is part of acommon interest community,

the purchaser ofthe unit atthe

foreclosure sale other than amortgagee

shall pay the assessments required by

The Condominium Property Act, 765

ILCS 605/18.5(g-1).

IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR

(HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE

RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION

FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF

AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN AC-

CORDANCE WITH SECTION

15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW.

You will need a photo identification issued

by a government agency (driver's

license, passport, etc.) in order togain

entry into our building and the foreclosure

sale room in Cook County and the

same identification for sales held at

other county venues where The Judicial

Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure

sales.

For information, LAW OFFICES OF

IRA T. NEVEL, LLC Plaintiff's Attorneys,

175 N. Franklin Street, Suite 201,

CHICAGO, IL, 60606 (312) 357-1125

Please refer calls tothe sales department.

Please refer to file number

17-02596.

THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORA-

TION

One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor,

Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312)

236-SALE

You can also visit The Judicial Sales

Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a7

day status report of pending sales.

LAW OFFICES OF IRA T. NEVEL,

LLC

175 N. Franklin Street, Suite 201

CHICAGO IL, 60606

312-357-1125

E-Mail: pleadings@nevellaw.com

Attorney File No. 17-02596

Attorney Code. 18837

Case Number: 17 CH 11244

TJSC#: 39-3740

NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection

Practices Act, you are advised

that Plaintiff’s attorney isdeemed to be

adebt collector attempting tocollect a

debt and any information obtained will

be used for that purpose.

Case # 17 CH 11244

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFCOOK

COUNTY, ILLINOIS

COUNTY DEPARTMENT -CHAN-

CERY DIVISION

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

HARRIS N.A.

Plaintiff,

-v.-

MARIUS G. KASNIUNAS, RASA V.

KASNIUNAS, UNITED STATES OF

AMERICA

Defendants

18CH04499

8321 LEGEND LANE

ORLAND PARK, IL 60462

NOTICE OF SALE

PUBLIC NOTICE ISHEREBY GIVEN

that pursuant to aJudgment ofForeclosure

and Sale entered in the above cause

on August 27, 2018, an agent for The

Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30

AM on August 27, 2019, at The Judicial

Sales Corporation, One South Wacker

Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at a

public sale to the highest bidder, as set

forth below, the following described

real estate:

Commonly known as 8321 LEGEND

LANE, ORLAND PARK, IL 60462

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

The real estate is improved with a residence.

Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid

by certified funds atthe close of the sale

payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation.

No third party checks will beaccepted.

The balance, including the Judicial

Sale fee for the Abandoned Residential

Property Municipality Relief

Fund, which is calculated on residential

real estate atthe rate of $1 for each

$1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount

paid by the purchaser not to exceed

$300, in certified funds/or wire transfer,

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

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale.

The subject property is subject to general

real estate taxes, special assessments,

orspecial taxes levied against

said real estate and is offered for sale

without any representation as to quality

or quantity of title and without recourse

to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" condition.

The sale is further subject to confirmation

by the court.

Upon payment in full ofthe amount bid,

the purchaser will receive aCertificate

of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to

adeed to the real estate after confirmation

of the sale.

Where asale of real estate is made to

satisfy alien prior to that of the United

States, the United States shall have one

year from the date of sale within which

to redeem, except that with respect to a

lien arising under the internal revenue

laws the period shall be 120 days or the

period allowable for redemption under

State law, whichever is longer, and in

any case inwhich, under the provisions

of section 505 of the Housing Act of

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

and subsection (d) of section 3720 of title

38 of the United States Code, the

right to redeem does not arise, there

shall be no right of redemption.

The property will NOT be open for inspection

and plaintiff makes no representation

astothe condition ofthe property.

Prospective bidders are admonished

to check the court file to verify all

information.

If this property isacondominium unit,

the purchaser ofthe unit atthe foreclosure

sale, other than amortgagee, shall

pay the assessments and the legal fees

required by The Condominium Property

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

this property is a condominium unit

which is part of acommon interest community,

the purchaser ofthe unit atthe

foreclosure sale other than amortgagee

shall pay the assessments required by

The Condominium Property Act, 765

ILCS 605/18.5(g-1).

IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR

(HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE

RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION

FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF

AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN AC-

CORDANCE WITH SECTION

15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW.

You will need a photo identification issued

by a government agency (driver's

license, passport, etc.) in order togain

entry into our building and the foreclosure

sale room in Cook County and the

same identification for sales held at

other county venues where The Judicial

Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure

sales.

For information, examine the court file,

CODILIS &ASSOCIATES, P.C. Plaintiff's

Attorneys, 15W030 NORTH

FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100,

BURR RIDGE, IL, 60527 (630)

794-9876

THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORA-

TION

One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor,

Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312)

236-SALE

You can also visit The Judicial Sales

Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a7

day status report of pending sales.

CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C.

15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD,

SUITE 100

BURR RIDGE IL, 60527

630-794-5300

E-Mail: pleadings@il.cslegal.com

Attorney File No. 14-18-03775

Attorney ARDC No. 00468002

Attorney Code. 21762

Case Number: 18CH04499

TJSC#: 39-4572

NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection

Practices Act, you are advised

that Plaintiff's attorney is deemed to be

adebt collector attempting tocollect a

debt and any information obtained will

be used for that purpose.

Case # 18CH04499

I3127424

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFCOOK

COUNTY, ILLINOIS

COUNTY DEPARTMENT -CHAN-

CERY DIVISION

BANK OF HOPE;

Plaintiff,

vs.

SOON PARK AKA SOON KEUN

PARK; JOUNG JA KOO;

SOUTHMOOR COUNTRY CLUB


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2701 Property for

Sale

HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION

Defendants,

18 CH 6767

NOTICE OF SALE

PUBLIC NOTICE ISHEREBY GIVEN

that pursuant to aJudgment ofForeclosure

and Sale entered in the above entitled

cause Intercounty Judicial Sales

Corporation will on Thursday, September

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

their office at 120 West Madison Street,

Suite 718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell at

public auction to the highest bidder for

cash, as set forth below, the following

described mortgaged real estate:

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

Commonly known as 9341 Dunmurry

Drive, Orland Park, IL 60462.

The mortgaged real estate is improved

with asingle family residence. If the

subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of

acommon interest community, the purchaser

of the unit other than amortgagee

shall pay the assessments required

by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of

the Condominium Property Act.

Sale terms: 10% down by certified

funds, balance, by certified funds,

within 24 hours. Norefunds. The property

will NOT be open for inspection.

For information call Sales Department

at Plaintiff's Attorney, Manley Deas Kochalski,

LLC, One East Wacker Drive,

Chicago, Illinois 60601. (614)

220-5611. 18-014143 F2

INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES

CORPORATION

Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122

I3127899

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFCOOK

COUNTY, ILLINOIS

COUNTY DEPARTMENT -CHAN-

CERY DIVISION

FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE

ASSOCIATION (FANNIE MAE), A

CORPORATION ORGANIZED AND

EXISTING UNDER THE LAWS OF

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Plaintiff,

-v.-

JOHN C. FORMAN, JOHN C. FOR-

MAN, ASTRUSTEE OF THE JOHN

C. FORMAN TRUST AGREEMENT

DATED JULY 18, 2008

Defendants

18 CH 7974

9061 WHEELER DR.

ORLAND PARK, IL 60462

NOTICE OF SALE

PUBLIC NOTICE ISHEREBY GIVEN

that pursuant to aJudgment ofForeclosure

and Sale entered in the above cause

on November 26, 2018, an agent for

The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at

10:30 AM on September 10, 2019, at

The Judicial Sales Corporation, One

South Wacker Drive, CHICAGO, IL,

60606, sell at apublic sale to the highest

bidder, as set forth below, the following

described real estate:

Commonly known as 9061 WHEELER

DR., ORLAND PARK, IL 60462

Property Index No. 27-15-219-008-0000

The real estate is improved with asingle

family residence.

The judgment amount was $254,425.62.

Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid

by certified funds at the close of the sale

payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation.

No third party checks will beaccepted.

The balance, including the Judicial

Sale fee for the Abandoned Residential

Property Municipality Relief

Fund, which is calculated on residential

real estate atthe rate of $1 for each

$1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount

paid by the purchaser not to exceed

$300, in certified funds/or wire transfer,

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

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale.

The subject property is subject to general

real estate taxes, special assessments,

orspecial taxes levied against

said real estate and is offered for sale

2701 Property for

Sale

without any representation as to quality

or quantity of title and without recourse

to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" condition.

The sale is further subject to confirmation

by the court.

Upon payment in full ofthe amount bid,

the purchaser will receive aCertificate

of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to

adeed to the real estate after confirmation

of the sale.

The property will NOT be open for inspection

and plaintiff makes no representation

astothe condition ofthe property.

Prospective bidders are admonished

to check the court file to verify all

information.

If this property isacondominium unit,

the purchaser ofthe unit atthe foreclosure

sale, other than amortgagee, shall

pay the assessments and the legal fees

required by The Condominium Property

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

this property is a condominium unit

which ispart ofacommon interest community,

the purchaser ofthe unit atthe

foreclosure sale other than amortgagee

shall pay the assessments required by

The Condominium Property Act, 765

ILCS 605/18.5(g-1).

IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR

(HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE

RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION

FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF

AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN AC-

CORDANCE WITH SECTION

15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW.

You will need a photo identification issued

by a government agency (driver's

license, passport, etc.) in order togain

entry into our building and the foreclosure

sale room in Cook County and the

same identification for sales held at

other county venues where The Judicial

Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure

sales.

For information, JOHNSON, BLUM-

BERG & ASSOCIATES, LLC Plaintiff's

Attorneys, 230 W. Monroe Street,

Suite #1125, Chicago, IL, 60606 (312)

541-9710. Please refer to file number

18-5991.

THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORA-

TION

One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor,

Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312)

236-SALE

You can also visit The Judicial Sales

Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a7

day status report of pending sales.

JOHNSON, BLUMBERG &ASSOCI-

ATES, LLC

230 W. Monroe Street, Suite #1125

Chicago IL, 60606

312-541-9710

E-Mail:

ilpleadings@johnsonblumberg.com

Attorney File No. 18-5991

Attorney Code. 40342

Case Number: 18 CH 7974

TJSC#: 39-4938

NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection

Practices Act, you are advised

that Plaintiff's attorney is deemed to be

adebt collector attempting tocollect a

debt and any information obtained will

be used for that purpose.

Case # 18 CH 7974

I3128725

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Ultimate Volleyball Club’s new owner

JEFF VORVA, Sports Editor

There is a shake-up 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 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-yearold

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

Joel Anderson is the new owner of the Ultimate Volleyball Club. JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

can’t disrupt something

that it already great.”

Success

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 July.

Some of the players on

that squad include Zach

Bulthuis (a Tinley Park

resident attending Chicago

Christian High School),

Chris Dargan (Lincoln-

Way West), David Flores

(Lincoln-Way West), Ikshwank

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 Central).

The girls 18 Gold team

this season also had a

plethora of area stars, including

KayLynn Murphy

(Sandburg), Grace Stepanek

(Sandburg), Katie

Barry (Lincoln-Way Central)

Stephanie Holsinger

(Tinley Park High School),

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),

Over the years, some of

the top Sandburg boys and

girls players were on Ultimate

rosters.

A busy guy

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.”

From Pocahontas

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

career.

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 saw 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 sport.


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not ready to make wholesale changes

“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 CPS.

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 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 Club 1 faces

Ultimate for a tournament

championship? Who

would he root for?

“I would flip a coin and

watch from the sideline,”

he said.

Ultimate’s Hornik able to

hang with some of the best

in the country in camp

JEFF VORVA, Sports Editor

Sandburg sophomoreto-be

boys volleyball

player Brendan Hornik

had a chance to rub elbows

and trade spikes

and blocks with some of

the top 15 and 16 year old

players in the nation.

And, much to his surprise,

he came out of the

experience with a gold

medal.

Hornik, who played on

Sandburg’s junior varsity

team as a freshman and

was a member of Ultimate

Volleyball Club’s 15 Gold

team, which finished 18th

in the nation in the USA

Volleyball Junior National

Championships in Dallas

in July, qualified for the

USAV High Performance

Select A2 National Training

Team Program in

Rock Hill, South Carolina.

The week long event

in late July featured a lot

of drills and training, and

the players were placed on

teams for an eight-team

tournament.

Hornik said that the top

two seeded teams were

who the USAV deemed

as the top players in the

camp.

The Orland Park resident

was on a team that

drew the eighth-seed —

the Liberty.

“We embraced that

name,” he said.

After pool play, the top

four teams advanced to

the gold division, and the

top two seeds fell to the

sixth-seeded Gold team

and the Liberty.

The Liberty beat the

Gold in a three-set thriller

for the first-place finish.

Hornik, a 6-foot-2 outsider

hitter who is projected

to grow to 6-7, said

plenty of athletes and fans

were making noise during

the final match.

“At first we felt no pressure,

because we were the

eighth seed,” Hornik said.

“We were dominating the

better teams, and that was

fun. We had better chemistry.

There was pressure

in the last match.

“But when you embrace

the pressure, that’s when

you feel good.”

The A2 division had

plenty of talent, but it was

a notch below the top level.

Hornik got to see some

of those players in action

and was amazed.

“I saw those guys as superstars,”

he said. “I was

surprised they weren’t

on the national team yet.

When I saw them, I was

looking at them like they

were role models. They

are 6-7, 6-8. They put

hard work in. They are fit.

They know what they are

doing.”

As for the A2 crew,

there were also some great

players to watch.

“At first you are intimidated,

but once you get to

meet them and get to know

them, you have to take advantage

and say that you

are one of them,” he said.

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Natalie Stavropoulos, shown hugging teammates

toward the end of the girls basketball season at

Sandburg, spent three weeks in Greece working on her

game as she heads to North Central College.

JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY Media

The title of this feature

that runs in the summer is

called “Going Places” and

it signifies area athletes

who recently graduated

who are going places in

the college world to further

their careers.

Well, Natalie Stavropoulos

took it one step

further. She started going

places in July before going

places in college.

The Sandburg graduate,

who excelled in girls

basketball until suffering

a season-ending injury

in November, took a trip

to Greece to work on her

game. Natalie and her

older sister, Victoria, spent

three weeks practicing

with their uncle in a brutally

hot gym in Missolonghi

It was the only gym in that

town, she said.

Their uncle is Konstantinos

Stavropoulos, a former

UIC player who is 44

years old and still playing

professional basketball

overseas.

“He is 6-foot-7 who can

play guard and he is probably

in the best shape of

his life,” Natalie said. “I

started to get a real feel for

basketball again. We did

drills and played games

of 21. We played a lot of

one-on-one. There were a

few games I think he let us

win.”

Natalie will be heading

to North Central College

to continue her academic

and athletic career and as

of early August, she said

she has done everything

but play five-on-five.

She suffered a torn left

ACL and meniscus against

Lincoln-Way West in November

and that wiped

out the rest of her high

school career. But North

Central was one of the

schools still interested in

her despite the injury and

she chose the Naperville

school.

“I had a good amount

of places that I could have

played,” she said. “I toured

the school and fell in love

with it. It’s beautiful.”

North Central finished

7-16 last year but had

one stretch in January in

which it won three straight

games over Carroll University

(77-64), Augustana

(58-49) and North Park

(67-53). The team is four

seasons removed from the

best in history (22-6 in

2014-15).

Victoria is heading into

her senior season at Georgia

Southern. She played

in all 29 games for the

Eagles and averaged 1.1

points per game last year.


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the orland park prairie | August 15, 2019 | 39

fastbreak

THURSDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK

Some local characters get TV time

JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY

MEDIA

1st and 3

SOME ULTIMATE FACTS

ABOUT THE ULTIMATE

VOLLEYBALL CLUB

1. Pocahontas not PC

The club’s new

owner, Joel Anderson

(above) went

to Pocahontas High

School in Iowa, with

the now-controversial

nickname of

the Redskins.

2. Double deuce

The club’s previous

owner, Erin Lorenz,

founded the club

and ran it for 22

years.

3. A lot of spikes

The club boasts

of close to 600

athletes and over

the years, some of

the best Sandburg

players have played

there.

Jeff Vorva

Sports Editor

Who says there is

nothing good on

TV?

OK, I will admit there

is a lot of garbage on the

boob tube. I once made

the unwise proclamation

“Television will never get

lower than this!” when I

first saw “Love Connection.”

I was wrong. There are

shows that make “Love

Connection” look like

“Masterpiece Theater.”

But there are some

good shows, as well. And

if there is someone you

know on TV, that’s pretty

cool.

As editor of The Tinley

Junction and The Orland

Park Prairie, I caught a

double-dose of fun television

in a two-day stretch

after Orland Park’s Sam

Travis hit a big home run

for the Boston Red Sox

and Tinley Park’s Jon Zaghloul

pitched an inning

in a college wooden-bat

league.

Austin and power

Travis, a Providence

Catholic graduate, belted

a two-run homer in a win

over Kansas City on Aug.

5 to help snap a sevengame

losing streak for the

Boston Red Sox. It was

his first career Fenway

Park home run.

After the game, he

was interviewed by New

England Sports Network’s

Guerin Austin, who

tweeted that the green

dress she was wearing that

night helped snap the losing

streak.

Well, Travis gets a little

credit, too.

“I’m just staying within

myself,” Travis told her.

“I’m more relaxed. I’m

not trying to do too much.

I’m just trying to barrel

things up and, you know,

it’s worked out. We just

have to keep it going.”

Since making his major

league debut in 2017,

Travis has had his ups and

downs and has been to

the minors and back more

times than he cares to.

He is getting a little more

consistent playing time as

an outfielder and he is enjoying

the increased time.

“You come up here and

you get spot starts here

and there...it’s not an

excuse you want to come

through for your team

whenever you get called

upon. But the more I’m

out there, the more comfortable

I am, for sure.”

Travis, one of the few

players in Major League

Sam Travis, shown in 2017, belted his first Fenway Park

home run for the Boston Red Sox to help snap a sevengame

losing streak. BILLIE WEISS/BOSTON RED SOX

Baseball who doesn’t

wear batting gloves, had

a career-high 83 at bats

through Thursday, Aug.

8, with three homers and

11 RBI.

Loul-a-palooza

So how in the heck did

a skinny kid with Elvis

Costello/Buddy Holly

glasses who is a freelance

writer for 22nd Century

Media get a live interview

on “SportsCenter:

AM” on Aug. 6?

I’ve asked a lot of

questions about this dude

since I inherited him as

a student columnist in

2018.

How in the heck did

he get big names such as

Roger Clemens and Metta

World Peace to come on

his internet radio show

last year?

How in the heck did he

get political firecracker

Sean Spicer to come on

his sports show this year

when Spicer has been

relatively quiet these

days?

With all he has accomplished,

why in the

heck is he still willing to

work for a jerk boss like

me? (He will be covering

football games for us this

fall.)

Anyway, this summer

he was willing to take one

of the most un-glamorous

of un-glamorous jobs, as

he was the publicity man/

announcer for the Crestwood

Panthers, a team

full of college kids that

played in the woodenbat

Midwest Collegiate

League. Somehow, he

managed to turn this

entry-level position into a

national appearance.

Manager Isaac Valdez

kick-started this story by

telling the 19-year-old

Zaghloul (who played

baseball for Andrew) to

suit up during the season

finale on Aug. 4. In the

ninth inning our hero

came into the game and

gave up a run in an inning.

End of story? Not if

you know Jon.

He put a little video

together and sent it out

to as many people as he

could around the country.

Most people ignored

it. ESPN thought it was

cool.

So two days later,

Zaghloul was sitting in

a studio in Chicago and

was live for a couple of

minutes telling his story. I

was disappointed he was

wearing different glasses

instead of the Costello/

Holly specials, but he

came across great. If he

was nervous, he didn’t

show it. He seemed calm

and was having fun with

it.

“My baseball career

was all but over, or so I

thought, until [Aug .4]

and it was just great to

get back out there and

help my team stay in the

game,” he told ESPN host

Randy Scott. “It was a

nice feel-good way to end

the season.”

LISTEN UP

“As far as the overall program goes, you

can’t disrupt something that it already great.”

Joel Anderson - New Ultimate volleyball owner on

not making big changes to the program

WHAT2WATCH

GIRLS GOLF

2:30 p.m. Saturday Aug. 17

• Sandburg opens the 2019-2020 high school sports season at

the Providence Invite-Midlothian Challenge.

Index

38 - Going Places

35 - Athlete of the Week

Compiled by Sports Editor Jeff Vorva,

j.vorva@22ndcm.com


Orland Park’s Hometown Newspaper | August 15, 2019

TV STARS Vorva writes

about a couple of local

sports figures getting some

TV time, Page 39

GREECE IS THE WORD

Natalie Stavropoulos traveled far

to work on her basketball skills

this summer, Page 38

Area club gets new boss while 15 Gold player among elite at

a camp, Pages 36-37

Ultimate VC standout and Sandburg

sophomore-to-be Brendan Hornik (left) won

the gold at the USAV High Performance

camp in South Carolina, and Chicago’s Joel

Anderson is the new owner of the 22-year-old

club after founder Erin Lorenz retired.

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