Deal reached

Former Boy Scouts exec. reaches plea

deal for forgery, Page 6

Puppies and kittens

Highland Park shelter holds animal

adoption event, Page 8

Something sweet, something

savory Garlic Fest crowns winners at annual

event, Page 12


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Decorated boats shine at City’s Venetian Night, Page 4

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boats gets in

position for

the start of the

North Shore

Venetian Night,

Saturday, Aug.

17, at Park

Avenue Beach

in Highland

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Stories in the Woods

9:30-10:30 a.m. Aug 22,

Heller Nature Center, 2821

Ridge Road, Highland

Park. Engage in a handson

nature inspired activity.

Enjoy a story and take a

short hike with a naturalist.

No pre-registration required.


Port Clinton Art Festival

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 24-

25, Downtown Highland

Park. Amdur Productions

coordinates this renowned

juried art festival that attracts

more than 250,000

art anthusiasts from around

the globe. More than 300

of world’s most celebrated

artists come together to

showcase their work over

the course of the weekend,

creating an atmopshere

brimming with artistic creativity.

LEGO Robotics Team

Information Session

1-2 p.m. Aug. 24, Highland

Park Public Library,

494 Laurel Ave., Highland

Park. Parents and

kids (ages 9 to 14) join us

for this informational session

about participating

in the library’s First Lego

League Robotics Team.

Team coaches and mentors

will be present to explain

the details surrounding the

First Lego League (FLL)

robotics competition and

begin the application process.

Free Hack-a-Thon and

Hour of Code

3 p.m. Aug. 24, theCoderSchool,

1929 Sheridan

Road, Highland Park.

We live in a world surrounded

by technology,

and we know that whatever

field our students

choose to go into as

adults, their ability to

succeed will increasingly

depend on understanding

how technology works.

Basic Animal


9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Aug.

24, Infinity Foundation,

1280 Old Skokie Valley

Road, Highland Park.

Telepathic animal communication

is a natural

and complete way of communication

exchange between

all living beings.

Everyone can learn how

— all it takes is some guidance,

training and practice.

Relax and enjoy this fun,

mind-opening and heart

fulfilling two-day experience

that enables you to

share life with your animal

companions in a whole

new and joyful way.


Morning Paddleboard

7-8 a.m. Aug. 25, Rosewood

Beach, 883 Sheridan

Road, Highland Park. Start

your morning off with a

serene paddle on Lake

Michigan. Enjoy the sight

of birds flying, the glimmer

of the sun on the lake

and the sounds of nature.


Breakdancing Workshop

5:15-6:15 p.m. Aug.

26, West Ridge Center,

636 Ridge Road, Highland

Park. Experience

the Breaking Program, an

exciting breakfance curriculum

that builds your

confidence and creativity

through hip hop dance.

Students will learn new

techniques by breaking

down the movements, running

drills with the entire

class and then finally applying

the movements into

combinations and routines.

Class involves stretching,

conditioning, training and

having friendly competitions

to better improve



Impact Color Impact Black

and White Artist Opening


5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 29,

The Art Center Highland

Park, 1957 Sheridan Road,

Highland Park. How do

we measure the impact of

Color or Black and White?

TACHP will be filling our

galleries with these concurrent

themes in one exhibition,

highlighting the

dichotomies between color

and black and white in

terms of art. A bold sense

of color can elicit a certain

response, while a black

and white photograph may

take us to another time and


Highwood Design District

Launch Party

7 p.m. Sept. 5, 28 Mile

Vodka Company, 454

Sheridan Road, Highwood.

Highwood Design

District is a unique collection

of brick-and-mortar

shops, individual tradespeople

and local merchants

representing the

very best in design. It’s

also a three-day celebration

of design and home

improvement from the

Highwood Chamber of

Commerce, starting with

this festive party during

Highwood Design Week

presented by Sherin-Williams.

Tickets are $30 in

advance, $35 at the door

and everyone is welcome.

Ticket price includes a

tasting and tour of 28

Mile Vodka, light bites

provided by featured local

restaurants, live music

and a chance to mingle

with Highwood’s design


Nature Playdates

10-11:30 a.m. Sept.

7, Heller Nature Center,

2821 Ridge Road, Highland

Park. Learn a thing

or two about nature. Drop

in anytime between the

scheduled hours and play

at Heller. Each date offers

a different themed activity

and a self-guided hike.

Afterwards, bring a picnic

lunch or play in Wander

Woods, our outdoor nature

play space.

Touch a Truck

10 a.m.-12 p.m. Sept.

7, Sunset Woods Park,

1801 Sunset Road, Highland

Park. Rev up your

imagination and meet your

hometown heroes. Climb

onto the coolest trucks,

tasctors, cars and more.

Check out the view from

the driver’s seat. Tasty

treats are available for purchase.


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Grandparent and Me Tea


1-2:30 p.m. Sept. 7,

Rosewood Beach Interpretive

Center, 883

Sheridan Road, Highland

Park. Celebrate Grandparents

Day by treating

them to tea time. Enjoy

time together making a

hat for the party and eating

delicious snacks.

Fall Book Buzz

7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 9,

Highland Park Public Library,

494 Laurel Ave.,

Highland Park. Looking

for ideas of what to read

next or for book club selections?

Librarians and a

representative from Penguin

Random House will

present new and forthcoming

books to watch for this

fall, with giveaways of advance

reading copies.

Volunteer Fair

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept.

10, Highland Park Public

Library, 494 Laurel Ave.,

Highland Park. Looking

for opportunities to volunteer

and ways to get

involved with community

organizations? Meet local

organizations and find

out about their volunteer



Drop In Chess

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturdays,

Highland Park

Public Library, 494 Laurel

Ave. Play chess with

us on Saturday mornings

in the Youth Services

Department. Come meet

our new chess expert and

challenge him to a game.

This program is for ages

5-14. Children under age

7 must be accompanied by

an adult. No registration


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Highland Park City Council

City reviews updates in plans

for proposed Green Bay Road

apartment development

Eric Bradach

Freelance Reporter

Residents who enjoy

their summers at Sunset

Wood Park may soon have

a 5-story apartment building

on Green Bay Road in

their views.

Final decisions on multiple

ordinances and resolutions

approving the sale,

purchase and permit for

constructing an apartment

building at the Karger Property

on Green Bay Road

was moved to City Council’s

next meeting, Aug. 26,

at its Aug. 12 meeting. The

developer, Albion Jacobs

Highland Park, LLC, will

buy the property for nearly

$3.8 million.

The apartment building

will be will be 63 feet tall

and five-stories high with

161 units and a parking garage.

The parking garage

will provide 193 spaces

underneath the building.

There will also be 47 additional

surface parking spaces,

but 46 will be designated

for the Lake County

Health Center, 1840 Green

Bay Road, during business

hours. The spaces will

then be open to the public,

residents and their guests at

other times.

There are several public

benefits with the apartment

building that the developer

included in their proposal:

green building certification

with bird strike glass in the

atrium and a green rooftop;

public art lining the

walkway to Sunset Wood

Park; a $35,000 contribution

to the Park District to

assist in the restoration and

Round It Up

Action taken by the City

Council at its Aug. 12


• Mark Romo

was unanimously

reappointed as a

trustee to the Highland

Park Police Pension


• Mayor Nancy

Rotering highlighted

and thanked the city

police officers who

arrested an 18-yearold

Wisconsin man

who allegedly entered

a vehicle and forced

the driver to take him

to Highland Park. The

suspect was arrested

by police after using

a drone to find him

on Aug. 8. “Tonight,

we are so proud to

recognize the officers

involved in bringing the

suspect into custody,”

Rotering said. “Public

safety is one of the

city’s four major

priorities and it guides

the city’s policy and


• Rotering and other

213 other city mayors

sent a letter to all 100

U.S. Senate members

urging them to return

to Washington, DC,

and take action on

gun safety legislation.

“Already in 2019,

there have been over

250 mass shootings,”

Rotering said. “The

tragic events in El

Paso, and Dayton,

and Chicago are just

the latest reminders

that our nation can

no longer wait for our

federal government to

take action necessary

to prevent people who

should not have access

to firearms from being

able to purchase


• A resolution

awarding A. Lamp

Concrete Contractors,

Inc. of Schaumburg,

Illinois, the Waverly

Road storm sewer &

retaining wall repair

contract passed.

replanting at the park; and

a $20,000 donation to the

city for the upkeep of the

brick water tower.

This is a slight reduction

from the applicants original

171 unit proposal after

feedback from the city’s

Planning and Design Commission.

Other changes

included the pedestrian

pathway from Green Bay

Road to the park to improve

safety; access to

Central Avenue is restricted

to emergency and loading/

unloading vehicles; and a

landscape island was added

in front of the Lake County

Health Center.

If the proposal is approved

by City Council

later this month, the developer

won’t be just add-

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Venetian Night offers unique way to celebrate HP’s 150th

Eli Fraerman, Editorial Intern

As part of the City of

Highland Park’s ongoing

150th birthday celebration,

an inaugural Venetian

night lit up the waters of

Lake Michigan near Park

Avenue Beach, Aug. 17,

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The North Shore Yacht

club brought Highland

Park its first Venetian night

experience in a night that

featured a water parade including

decorated kayaks,

paddleboards and powerboats.

There was also a

band and refreshments.

North Shore Yacht Club

member and PR representative

Neesa Sweet felt

this was a great event for

the yacht club and the city.

“We’re an all-volunteer

organization, open to anybody,”

Sweet said. “We

offer sailing, kayaking

and stand-up paddle board

equipment and lessons by

volunteer certified instructors,

our members, and

membership is really reasonable.

“We’re the best

kept secret on the northshore.”

Yacht Club Commodore

Maureen Hammond

echoed that sentiment, feeling

this was a unique opportunity

to not only benefit

the city but also show

its residents what the yacht

club can do, something that

they may have not explored


“I’m hoping that they get

a taste of why the boating

facility is important to the

community,” Hammond

said. “For one thing the seal

of the city of Highland Park

is a picture of the bluff and

the lake and a couple of sail

boats, and I often talk to

people who never go to the

lakefront, or I drive around

with boats on my car and

people ask me ‘well where

do you use those?’ I say

right down at the lakefront.

It’s really kind of a hidden

gem and is an important

part of the community and

we want to give people a

reason to come and participate

in that, after all it is on

the seal of the city.”

Sweet, Hammond and

Hayley Garard, assistant to

the city manager of Highland

Park, recognized that

this was a unique event for

the city and was a special

opportunity for the residents

of Highland Park.

“Talking to the city, it is

a really unique way to celebrate

HP’s 150th anniversary,”

Sweet said.

Hammond described the

process in planning the

event, saying that a Venetian

night had transcended

The Mordini family, of Highland Park, pulls its boat in

to the dock before the start of the North Shore Venetian

Night Saturday, Aug. 17, at Park Avenue Beach. PHOTOS

BY David Kraus/22nd Century Media

Boats were decorated with various lights to make them

visible in the night.

other parts of Illinois although

never previously

taken place in Highland


“Back about last fall,

the city asked us to come

up with an event or a way

to participate in the 150th

anniversary celebration,”

Hammond said. “We talked

about a lot of ideas and the

idea of having a Venetian

night came up, it’s not anything

we’ve done before.

The Venetian night idea is

something that is popular

in other areas, Lake Geneva,

various places along

the lakeshore, the city of

Chicago used to host one

every September. It’s sort

of an enchanting event, just

to see the colorfully lighted

boats on the water on a

summer night, that seemed

like something that we

could manage to organize,

and invite people to come.”

Hammond described that

this event took increased

city-wide participation

to pull off and deliver to

the public. Just as in any

parade, there needs to be

many volunteers to make

it special. A parade on the

water requires even more

dedication, both from the

yacht club and city of

Highland Park.

“The fire department

was there with their rescue

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Former Boy Scouts leader pleads guilty to forgery

Erin Yarnall, Editor

Former Scout Executive

for the Boy Scouts of

America’s Northeast Illinois

Council, which was

formerly based in Highland

Park, George Douglas

Nelson, pleaded guilty

under a plea deal for forgery,

a class 3 felony, on

Aug. 1.

Nelson, of Deer Park,

was arrested Aug. 30,

2018, by the Highland

Park Police Department

on an arrest warrant, according

to a 2018 press

release by the City of

Highland Park. He was

charged with distributing

charitable funds without

authority for personal

benefit, as well as charges

for wire fraud and forgery,

according to the press release.

After his arrest, he was

released on 10 percent of

a $50,0000 bond.

Nelson’s defense attorney,

Henry Samuels, said

that his client had paid his

complete restitution prior

to signing the plea agreement

— saying that Nelson

“accepted responsiblity”

for his actions.

“He did it of his own

volition,” Samuels said.

“I think it shows outstanding

character that he accepted

the responsibility.

He owns it and has taken

ownership of it.”

Samuels attributed Nelson’s

crime as an “error in

judgment on his behalf.”

“Mr. Nelson has been

with that organization for

approximately 28 years,

he has been a stellar employee

that whole time,”

Samuels said.

The Highland Park Police

Department was notified

in May 2018 by the

Northeast Illinois Council

of the Boy Scouts of

American of an internal

investigation on one of

their executives regarding

fraud and other improper

uses of Boy Scouts of

America funds, totaling

$25,000, according to the

2018 press release.

“We appreciate the

court’s time in handling

this matter and are thankful

to see a favorable

resolution,” said Nick

Roberts, the CEO and

Scout Executive of the

Boy Scouts of America

Northeast Illinois Council.

“Our parents, volunteers

and employees in the

Northeast Illinois Council

work tirelessly to support

our programs, and we are

grateful to have received

full restitution of the

funds involved.”

police reports

HP man charged with gun possession, no ID

John Risdon, 66, of

the 800 block of Central

Avenue was arrested and

charged with possession

of firearm, without a firearm

owners identification

card on Aug. 8. An unauthorized,

unloaded handgun

was discovered when

police were assisting another

agency in locating

Risdon. Risdon was released

on a recognizance

bond with a court date in

Waukegan on Aug. 28.

In other police news:

Aug. 6

• Angelo Quintana-Valenzuela,

56, of the 1100

block of Central Avenue,

Highland Park, was arrested

and charged with disorderly

conduct when police

responded to a complaint

in the 400 block of Laurel

Avenue. Quintana-Valenzuela

was released on a

recognizance bond with a

court date in Waukegan on

Sept. 20.

• Luis Licona-Garcia, 35,

of Waukegan, was arrested

and charged with driving

under the influence of

alcohol, illegal transportation

of alcohol, leaving

the scene of an accident

with vehicle damage, improper

lane usage, and

failure to reduce speed to

avoid an accident when

police responded to a

complaint regarding a hit

and run at the intersection

of Edens Expressway and

Clavey Road. No injuries

occurred in this two car

accident. Police conducted

a traffic stop on Licona-Garcia

on State Road

41, just north of Central

Avenue, and he was

placed in custody. Licona-

Garcia was released on a

recognizance bond with a

court date in Waukegan on

Sept. 6.

Aug. 7

• David Stahl, 48, of

Northbrook, was arrested

and charged with violation

of an order of protection

when police responded

to a complaint

that Stahl was within the

proximity of a prohibited

place in the 2700 block of

Roslyn Drive. Stahl was

held in custody, pending

bond court.

Aug. 8

• Amber Mendoza, 27, of

Blue Island, was arrested

and charged with driving

with a suspended or revoked

license, obstructing

identification, improper

turn, disobeying traffic

control light and possession

of cannabis when

police conducted a traffic

stop at the intersection of

Skokie Valley Road and

Park Avenue West. Mendoza

was released on a

recognizance bond with a

court date in Waukegan on

Sept. 20.

Aug. 10

• Marisol Acosta, 24, of

North Chicago, was arrested

on an in-state warrant

when police conducted

a traffic stop in the 400

block of Edens Expressway.

Acosta was released

on a 10 percent cash bond,

pending a court date in

Lake County.

• Pedro Vega, 22, of Villa

Park, was arrested and

charged with possession

of a controlled substance

when police responded to

a complaint that Ravinia

Festival security discovered

what appeared to be

a controlled substance

during a routine park entry

search. Vega was held

in custody pending bond


Aug. 11

• A complainant in the

100 block of Barberry

Road reported graffiti on

a basketball court in Woodridge

Park, written in

white chalk. No subjects

have been identified at

this time.


Highland Park Landmark’s

Police Reports are compiled

from official reports emailed

from the Highland Park

Police Department headquarters

in Highland Park

and the Highwood Police

Department headquarters

in Highwood. Individuals

named in these reports are

considered innocent of all

charges until proven guilty

in a court of law.


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From Page 4

boat and a couple members

of their team,” Hammond

said. “The community

emergency response team

was there…they helped us

also with just facilitating

access. The park district

kept the boat ramp open

and staffing it, just to facilitate

boat launches and

retrievals. Plus, we had

ing to the area, it will also

be removing and demolishing

the firehouse youth

center. The developer will

cover the cost for both the

demolition and re-landscaping.

Some concerns were

brought up by City Council,

including from Councilman

Adam Stolberg

who asked the developer

to screen the fencing of the

construction as to not disturb

residents. The developer

agreed on the spot.

One resident, whose

lives is close to the property,

asked if the developer

can lower the amount

of windows to reduce the

lighting bearing down toward

his and his neighbors’

houses. He said the developer

had previously promised

to reduce the amount,

but the current proposal

actually has more. Councilwoman

Michelle Holleman

said it was discussed at

commission meetings and

the amount of windows

was settled to provide residents

with proper natural


“One of the issues we

had at the Housing Commission

is that some of the

apartments that we had did

not have windows, and the

comment back to us was

that it was to accommodate

the neighbors,” Councilwoman

Michelle Holleman

said. “So, it’s kind of

a double-edged sword. You

are either going to give the

people bedrooms without

windows or there are going

to be windows on that


about 55 north shore yacht

club volunteers working

this event, in addition to all

the folks that will be on the

water and decorating their


While many were needed

to pull it off, Highland

Park’s own version of a

Venetian night transcended

the community and offered

a different taste of Highland

Park as part of the anniversary


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Submitted by

Olga Bensman

Dusty, a

Cavalier, has

the sweetest


is very smart,

loves people

and is a great

traveler! He

has brought so

much joy to our

family. When

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HP animal shelter attempts to ‘clear the shelter’

Olivia Vallone

Editorial Intern

Animal shelter Orphans

of the Storm held a special

event in honor of a nationwide

“Clear the Shelters”

initiative on Aug. 17.

Starting at 11 a.m. the

three locations will waive

the $90 adoption fee, besides

typical medical fees,

for all cats and dogs 6

months or older. People

looking to adopt must have

a valid form of identification

and current address.

According to public relations

assistant Alyssa

Krueger families at any

location plus Riverwoods

Woodland Preserve. Pets

are welcome as well to see

how a new furry friends

would really fit into the


“First and foremost,

it’s a great opportunity to

rescue an animal,” manager

of the Highland Park

shelter Daniel Kanter said.

“We bring in a lot of animals

from high risk shelters…especially

for this


The main event was

held at the shelter located

at 2200 Riverwoods Rd. in

Riverwoods where there

was a puppy kissing booth

and photo booth, an ice

cream social, prizes, raffles

and more.

While the main shelter is

in Deerfield, different dogs

and cats are transported

daily to the Highland Park

satellite location at 468

Central Ave.

“The location is really to

provide another neighboring

community of the shelter

an opportunity to come

and see animals in a family

friendly environment, a

less intimidating environment,”

Kanter said.

Since the Highland Park

location is much smaller

than the main shelter,

they try to bring in new

animals they have taken

in form Tennessee and

Alabama and get them in a

less stressful location than

the giant shelter in Riverwoods.

In Kanters estimate, this

satellite location alone

sees around 300 people on

“Clear the Shelters” day.

He also said that around 50

dogs and 40 cats find new

homes that day overall.

“Even if you’re not

looking to adopt, it’s still

worth coming in and meeting

an animal just because

the animals themselves

need socialization,” Kanter

said. “Some of them that

we bring here can be very

shy or very scared and just

having a nice, calm interaction

with a person can

do wonders for their self


The “Clear the Shelters”

initiative is sponsored by

NBC own stations and

Telemundo. According

to Krueger since the first

event in 2015, the stations

have helped more than

150,000 pets find homes

from over 900 shelters

across the United States.

The event is sponsored

at Orphans of the Storm by

Bayer Animal Health, Animal

Medical Center and

Ruth Helen Wolf Animal

Clinic and Hospital.

Park District completes community attitude and interest survey

Submitted Content

Results of the Park

District of Highland Park

2019 Community Attitude

and Interest Survey were

reviewed with the Park

Board at a special meeting

held on Aug. 6, 2019. It is

a policy of the Park District

to conduct a comprehensive

community needs

assessment at least once

every three to six years.

The last survey was completed

in 2013.

“It has been six years

since the Park District’s

last community survey

and five years since the approval

of GreenPrint 2024,

the Park District’s master

plan,” said Park Board

President, Brian Kaplan.

“Since that time, the Highland

Park community has

experienced changes that

warrant an updated needs


The survey findings will

be used, along with additional

data, to guide future

priority initiatives as

the Park District reviews

long-term infrastructure

and operational plans associated

with its Strategic

Plan and Master Plan

(GreenPrint 2024).

The Park District hired

Evanston-based firm, aQity

Research to design

and administer the survey

which was conducted between

May 17 through

June 23, 2019.

The survey was sent by

mail to a random sample

of households within the

Park District boundaries.

Follow-up reminder postcards

were sent to nonrespondents

to encourage

full participation. Both

mailings included options

to complete the survey by

mail, online or by phone.

A total of 851 surveys

were completed and

weighted to match updated

United States Census data

for the Park District by region,

gender, age, ethnicity

and percentage of households

with children.

The survey covered the

community’s recreation,

facility and park usage

and preferences. Results

indicated favorable resident

feedback, most notably

programs and events,

as well as areas for future

development, such as programming

for adults.


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Jodi Crane, of

Highland Park,

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Pedroso at the

16th annual Art

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Saturday, Aug. 3.

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‘This ideology doesn’t represent us as a whole’

Panel discusses

controversial quote

in HP yearbook

Sam Rakestraw

Freelance Reporter

“If you tell a lie big

enough, and often enough,

people will believe”

was among the departing

wisdom the graduates

of Highland Park High

School gave in their yearbook


The quote, long associated

with the Nazi regime,

would go on to strike a

nerve in the student body

and in the community,

which associated it as

such, resulting in the yearbook

being pulled. The

school had to take action.

Since then it’s been

more about the impact of

the quote. Glencoe’s Aitz

Hayim of Jewish Living

visited the Infinity Foundation

in Highland Park to

discuss just that on Aug.


Aitz Hayim Center for

Jewish Living is a postdenominational


in Glencoe.

At the event, questions

and discussions focused

on how hate speech can be

interpreted and the crater it

leaves in society. But the

biggest question tackled

by speakers is how issues

such as these are dealt with

logically and emotionally.

The panel of speakers

included Dr. Bruce Law,

Jonathan Mintzer and

Brianna Goodlin. Marc

Slutsky, president of Aitz

Hayim, moderated the

conversation. Law has

recently become Superintendent

of District 113

coming from Hinsdale.

Mintzer is assistant director

of the Anti-Defamatory

League (ADL) in

Chicago and Goodlin is

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an educator’s view, the

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scholarly view on hate and

social issues.

“We know that this is an

issue that may seem simple

at one level,” Slutsky

said, “but it taps into a lot

of complex problems in

our society.”

Slutsky also asked for

experience and input from

the speakers.

Law is new to District

113 and Highland Park,

but when it came to him

that something was printed

in the yearbook that upset

students and parents, the

reaction was large.

“We wanted to say

something since it spreads

so quickly,” Law said.

“We needed to make a

statement that this ideology

doesn’t represent us as

a whole. What really got

our attention that it was

students who were upset

about this. Because a student

knows the historical

context in which it was

supposed to be said, they

thought it must be an anti-

Semitic, racist statement

that doesn’t reflect them.”

The dots seemed to be

quickly connected by everyone.

An upset parent

would call NBC5 with the

story and the quote was cemented

in the media as an

anti-Semitic Nazi callout.

Many other news outlets

would approach the story

with the same angle.

Regardless, Law handled

the situation as a newcomer

as well as he could.

But more questions and

discussions are raised after

the yearbook was pulled.

“Association” is used a

lot. It’s no mystery that the

association of the quote

with Hitler was the fact

that it was coined by his

propaganda commissioner,

Goebbels. Slutsky made

the point that the context

in which the quote was

used was to insult the English,

mocking them for lying

big and often. This was

just when the quote was

coined, not created. Which

raises the question of who

it truly means by “people,”

he said. The quote in the

yearbook did not attribute

to Goebbels, seemingly removing

the context.

“Interestingly enough,

when I first saw the quote,

I thought it referred to current

time,” Law said.

In an online poll taken

by WGN, 59.9 percent

said “deliver the yearbook”

when shown that

the quote would be included.

36.5 percent said

“remove the quote then deliver

the yearbook,” and 4

percent said to not deliver

the book at all.

If what Law says is true,

then the student on their

way to university next year

wasn’t about anti-Semitism,

but a statement that

they could tell when their

being lied to.

“Context matters,”

Mintzer said, finding the

impact on students especially

interesting. “Where

we may have our own context

here, students have

their own.”

“We need to make sure

we measure our reactions

to it,” Goodlin added. “We

don’t just resort to some

sort of reactionary anger

and see it as a longer

standing pattern and try to

figure out solutions that

are longer term opposed to

short term.”

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City of Highwood goes gaga for garlic at annual fest

Hilary Anderson

Freelance Reporter

Garlic lovers came in

droves to Highwood’s ever

popular Garlic Fest held

Aug. 14 at the community’s

Everts Park to sample

creative ways to use garlic

in ordinary food like ice

cream, cakes, sauces, pastas,

meats, breads and a

host of other culinary delights.

Garlic aficionados came

early to taste the variety of

foodstuffs as there were at

least 30 different vendors

offering their special dishes

made with the ancient seasoning

including chocolate

chip cookies.

The event was for all

ages. Many sat on the

ground — some with a

blanket, some without.

Others used the picnic facilities

already at the park.

Many seasoned Garlic

Fest goers even took their

own chairs accompanied

by family, friends and

neighbors — making the

event even more party-like.

Three high school

friends, now almost college

freshmen, were among





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those who chose the convenience

of sitting on the

ground — Sydney Kingsept,

Lauren Goldsmith

and Hannah Selbat.

“This is a great atmosphere

and so convenient,”

Kingsept said.

“We’re trying some

new dishes that are really

good,” said Goldsmith,

who added the trio sampled

garlic brisket sliders, garlic

fries and a fish with garlic

and avocados.

Susan Fireside and

daughter, Ellie, were there

discussing their favorite

food from the Toasty

Cheese Food Truck.

“Garlic Fest is one of our

favorites,” Susan Fireside

said. “We get to stop and

meet up with neighbors,

do some girl talk and enjoy

these different kinds of


“A lot of my friends go

to this [Garlic] Fest,” Ellie

Fireside said. “It’s a big

thing for families, too. My

favorite this year is the La

Casa de Isaac’s tamale.”

At the other end of the

Garlic Fest Ted Warrilow

listened to the music.

“It is nice getting outside

like this,” he said. “The

music is great.”

His favorite food dish at

the event was jerk chicken.

“It is Jamaican — sweet

The 2018 Garlic Fest King Scott Baseman (right) and Queen Pat Lenzini smile together

at Celebrate Highwood’s Garlic Fest, Aug. 14, in Everts Park. Photos by Mairead

Kahn/22nd Century Media

Corey Coleman, of Culinary Gangster, serves customers

at Garlic Fest.

and spicy,” he smiled.

But there was much more

to Highwood’s Garlic Fest.

The Highwood Historical

Society held its annual

Terrific Tomato Contest.

“This is about our 11th

year and we have 45 entries,”

said Lisa Cerval,

chairman of the contest and

board member of the Highwood

Historical Society.

“We started this as a way to

get our more mature residents

involved. The interest

in gardening has grown

significantly in our area.

Some of the gardens would

take your breadth away

they are so magnificent. We

now have junior gardeners

(school age) who are learning

the beauty of sitting

outside in their gardens and

enjoying the beauty of nature.”

Large Mason jars held

samples of gardeners’ tomatoes

from this year’s

crop. Attendees to the Garlic

Fest, if they chose, put

money into the jar(s) of the

tomato(es) they liked best.

All of the donations went

to the Highwood Historical

Society’s project—the genealogical

history of Highwood


Interspersed among the

Mason jars were photos

of some of the architecturally

significant Highwood

homes, which attracted

many attendees at the Garlic


One of the owners of

such a home is Sarah

Prossey who discovered

her house was one of the

few remaining built with

the plans bought from a

Sears Catalog.

“I did not know the house

had such significance when

I bought it,” she said. “It

was just cute, with the original

woodwork, doors. It

is a lot of work restoring it

but I appreciate it now even


Attendees to the event

voted for their favorite

garlic dishes and vendors

in the People’s Choice

Awards. There also were

the judges choice awards.

Then the big highlight of

the night arrived — selecting

the 2019 Garlic Royalty

done with audience applause.

But first a good-by

from last year’s royalty.

“It has been my thrill to

be the 2018 Garlic Queen

for Celebrate Highwood’s

Garlic Fest,” said Pat Lenzini.

“Other than getting

married and having my

children, promoting Highwood

has been the best

thing in my life.”

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Amongst the impressive

annals of the nation’s military

history, the heroic exploits

of Merrill’s Marauders

in Burma during World

War II stand tall, so much

so that the all-volunteer

Army unit enjoys the rare

distinction of each soldier

having been awarded the

Bronze Star for heroic

achievement in a combat


One of the brave soldiers

who survived that hellish

mission was Dominic J.

Baracani. After the war he

came home to Highwood,

where he raised a loving

family with Anna Margaret

“Midge,” his wife of 63

years, and in partnership

with her operated a local

accounting, tax, real estate

Dr. Jake Cohen

Family Owned,

Highland Park Native

and insurance business for

over 60 years.

On Aug. 1, 2019, at age

96, Dominic died in the

bedroom he’d slept in for

65 years. On August 12,

family and friends gathered

at Seguin & Symonds

Funeral Home to send an

old soldier on his way with

a final salute.

“He never boasted about

the war. He told us it was

something everybody had

to do,” said his son, Bob


Dominic was drafted

into the Army in 1942,

shortly after graduating

from Highland Park High

School, where he was an

“All County” football

player. During basic training,

he heard that volunteers

were needed for a

“dangerous and hazardous

mission.” Months of jungle

and advanced infantry

training later, he was

in India as a rifleman and

member of the unit that

came to be known as Merrill’s

Marauders, after their

commander, Brig. General

Frank Merrill.

Their objective was

long-range penetration

into Japanese-held Burma,

where their job was to disrupt

the enemy’s supply

lines and communications

as a means to help reopen

the strategically critical

Burma Road.

In slightly more than

five months of hit and run

combat, the Marauders

advanced on foot through

nearly 1,000 miles of the

harshest jungle terrain in

the world, and fought without

artillery support and

often outmanned in more

that 30 engagements. As

well, they battled typhus,

malaria, dysentery, and

hunger. On May 17, 1944,

after the Marauders had

captured a critical airfield,

Dominic was evacuated to

a field hospital in India,

weighing 129 pounds with

his ribs sticking out of his

chest, and suffering from

dysentery and malaria. A

few days later, the unit

was disbanded with a final

total of 130 combat-effective

officers and men (out

of the original 2,997).

Returning home, Dominic

attended Illinois State

University on the GI bill

and received a degree in

accounting. For 28 years

he was a civil service auditor

for the U.S. Army and

Navy while running his

accounting, tax services,

real estate and insurance

business for over 60 years.

Until last year he was still

doing tax returns.

Business was good, said

his son Baron, in part because

he always gave his

customers a fair shake.

“He was kind, hard working

and generous, and he

didn’t want to be a hardship

on people,” he said.

As the father of four

sons, “he was a role model,”

Bob Baracani said.

“He didn’t give a lot of advice.

He led by example.

He was hard working.”

As a married couple in

business together, Dominic

and Midge were ahead

of the curve.

“For the 1950s, they

had kind of a modern marriage.

They saw each other

as equals,” Bob Baracani

said. “They were hand in

glove, and crazy about

each other.”

Dominic was a faithful

member of St. James

Church in Highwood and

a lifelong member serving

as treasurer of both the

Highwood VFW and the

Highwood American Legion.

Two years ago Dominic

took particular pleasure

Highwood resident Dominic

Baracani, a WWII vet

who served in the Merrill’s

Marauders in Burma, died

Aug. 1. Photo submitted

in attending the kickoff

at Fort Benning, Georgia

of the 75th anniversary

of the 75th Ranger Regiment,

also known as the

Army Rangers. Merrill’s

Marauders were an early

iteration of the 75th. On

one occasion there, said

Bob baracani, a man said

to him “Sir, I want you to

know you set the bar high.

We know we are falling

short but it is not from lack

of trying.”

The man was Tommy

Norris, a retired Navy

SEAL who received the

Medal of Honor for his

ground rescue of two

downed pilots in Vietnam

in 1972.

Dominic Baracani was

husband of the late Anna

Margaret (Pasquesi); father

of Brian (Jacquie),

Bob (late Roseann), Baron

and Brad (Beth) Baracani;

grandfather of Brian

Jr., Alexa, Mario, Nicholas,

Allie and Max, great

grandfather of Hannah,

Caleb and Szivah; brother

of the late Marie (late Sam)

Bernardi, late August (late

Florence), late Louise (late

Franklin) Houser, late Ellen

(late Jobie) Eiserman

and the late Adolpho V.

“Bum” (late Marge) Baracani;

and uncle to many.

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Deer Path Middle School

student goes to Space


This summer was a particularly

special time to

be at the U.S. Space and

Rocket Center in Huntsville,

Ala., because of the

50th anniversary of the

first moon landing.

Deer Path Middle

School student Jonathan

Hough, a rising seventhgrader,

was lucky to be

there for the celebration of

the successful Apollo 11

mission. In the week leading

up to July 20, he attended

Space Academy, an

educational camp for kids

ages 12-14.

According to Hough,

there were a number of

celebrations at the center

while he was there, and the

campers participated in a

couple of them.

One took place the

morning of July 16 when

the center attempted to

break a Guinness World

Record by launching 5,000

model rockets simultaneously

from the United

States Space Camp Rocket

Launch Complex. As of

press time, Guinness had

not confirmed if this broke

the world record.

The other was a ceremony

for campers featuring

Robert “Hoot” Gibson, a

retired astronaut, pilot and

naval officer. He flew five

space missions for NASA

in the 1980s and 1990s.

“It was really cool to

see him and hear stories,”

Hough said.

Additionally, all the

trainees/campers received

a pin commemorating the

moon landing anniversary

during the academy graduation

at the end of their

camp session.

Reporting by Katie Copenhaver,

Freelance Reporter.

Full story at LakeForestLeader.com


Car stolen from Wilmette

involved in fatal Lake

County shooting, police


A car stolen from the

driveway of a residence in

Wilmette during the overnight

hours of Sunday,

Aug. 11, was involved in

a high-speed chase from

Lake County to Chicago

two nights later, according

to the Wilmette Police Department

and Lake County

Sheriff’s Office.

The chase was preceded

by a homicide at a residence

in Gurnee involving

the occupants of the stolen


A resident in the 3100

block of Old Glenview

Road in Wilmette had reported

the vehicle stolen

on Aug. 11. The car, a

2015 Lexus SUV, was left

unlocked in the driveway

with the key in the cupholder,

according to the

Wilmette Police Department.

Two nights later on Tuesday,

Aug. 13, a 14-year-old

Chicago boy was killed

after being shot outside a

Gurnee residence.

According to a press release

from the Lake County

Sheriff’s Office, six

teenagers traveled to the

home in the stolen Lexus

to commit a burglary. During

the course of the burglary,

at approximately

1:15 a.m., they allegedly

confronted the 75-yearold

homeowner, who went

outside to investigate why

there were people near his

2011 Audi, parked in the


The homeowner later

told detectives he yelled

at the individuals to leave,

but at least one male allegedly

advanced toward him

with an unknown object

in his hand. According to

the press release, the man

“feared for his life” and

discharged a firearm. At

least one of the rounds

struck the 14-year-old

male, who was outside of

the Lexus. A knife was recovered

at the scene in the

vicinity of where the 14

year old was shot.

Story by Eric DeGrechie,

Managing Editor. Full story

at WilmetteBeacon.com.


Proposal for new

Northbrook 7-Eleven

re-emerges, with initial

concerns still unaddressed

Northbrook could soon

gain a new 7-Eleven, if the

applicant clears a few lingering


Back in October 2018,

the Northbrook Village

Board considered a preliminary

application for

construction of the new gas

station, convenience store

and car wash at the southeast

corner of Waukegan

and Shermer roads.

The applicant, GW

Northbrook 2, intended

to purchase the

38,176-square-foot property

and then demolish the

existing Mobil service station

and gasoline pumps

to build anew. The store

would operate 24/7, 365

days a year and would be

staffed with no more than

two employees at any

time. The new building

would be 3,062 square feet

in area, plus 990 square

feet for the carwash.

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Health & Wellness - Cathy Irwin, Illinois Bone & Joint Institute

Hospitality & Dining - Kelly Yang, 5b2f Akira

Large Company - Meaghan Johnson, Lakeshore Recycling Systems

Legal - Maria Doughty, Allstate

Medium Company - Lisa Pickell, Orren Pickell Building Group

Non-Profit - Melinda Harris, Sing to Live Community Chorus

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Seasoned Professional (Age 41 and older) - Diana Sotelo, Galaxie

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Senior Care - Charlotte Bishop, Creative Care Management

Small Company - Dr. Terrie Briggs, Banner Literacy

Woman-Owned Business - Tanya Fretheim, Street Level Studio

Young Professional (Age 40 and younger) - April Doremus,

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20 | August 22, 2019 | The highland park landmark SOUND OFF


Letter to the Editor

What I learned from

having cancer

A little more than a year

ago, after diagnosing myself

with appendicitis as

per my google medical

research, I was diagnosed

instead with lymphoma.

From the moment I entered

the Highland Park

Hospital emergency room,

throughout my entire stay

at the hospital, before my

final biopsy results, every

doctor who came into my

hospital room spoke of

lymphoma kind of like I

would speak of chocolate

— the word easily rolled

off their tongues. That being

said, everyone at the

hospital was so nice.

As I was waiting for

more testing, in walked

Dr. Adess, who was my

doctor a few years back

for another much less serious

condition. Hearing

him tell me that we will

take care of this, and he

will be there for me, was

kind of like cuddling with

your favorite animal — I

instantly felt comforted.

Knowing he would be my

doctor was one less thing

to worry about. Two biopsies

later, after waiting one

very long and brutal week,

I was formally diagnosed

with non-Hodgkin’s RTPO

lymphoma. I remember

the feeling when I heard

Dr. Adess tell me. It was

almost a relief in an odd

way. The waiting, wondering,

creating horrible scenarios

in my head were no

longer necessary. He gave

me a diagnosis and we

soon had a plan.

One of the hardest parts

of this situation was telling

my children, as my husband,

mom and stepdad

were all at the emergency

room with me.

Being a pretty blunt

person, I summoned my

3 children (a 17-year-old

son, and twin 15-year-old

girls at the time) to the

deck where my husband,

Matt, and I had received

the news. So, I just came

out and said it.

“I have cancer. That is is

bad news, the good news is

it can be treated and I will

be ok.”

There were some tears

and many questions. Each

child handled the news

differently, but with reassurance

and some humor,

they felt confident I would

do what I needed to do and

ultimately I would be ok.

It was very important to

me that I kept the mood in

the house light — no doom

and gloom allowed in the

Heller house.

It’s not like we were doing

cartwheels, but I really

wanted to do my best

to maintain some sense

“Yes, I was dealt a little bad, but

the good far outweighed the


- Hillary Heller, Highland Park resident on her

cancer diagnosis

of normalcy. I would start

chemotherapy at the end

of July after the girls went

to camp. I would speak

to them once a week and

I told them they must enjoy

their summer, and that

there is nothing anyone

can do at this point but just

keep on “keeping on.” My

son was home and preparing

for his freshman year

in college. I felt terrible for


I began chemo and

would go to Kellogg 3

days once a month for 6

months. After that I will

have 2 years of maintenance-meaning,

one day

every other month for two

years, which is what I am

doing now.

On to what have I

learned — well, that is a

loaded question. Of course

there is the obvious: be

grateful for what you have,

because your life truly can

change in a matter of minutes.

Focus on the positives

because worrying

about the negative isn’t

going to change anything;

it just makes things worse.

Chemo brain is an actual

thing and lasts for a while.

A good under eye concealer

is a must, as going

through chemo is exhausting.

Filling in your eyebrows

is a game changer

and always wear lipstick.

But the most wonderful

thing I learned is what

I learned about my community.

I still can not get

over the kindness that was

shown to me — kindness

from people apologizing

when I finally told them

what was going on. Not

apologizing because I had

cancer, but actually and

sincerely feeling bad that

they didn’t know because

they couldn’t help me.

Almost everyone I connected

with at some level

was beyond giving. People

went out of their way to

cook for me, to bake for

me, to send me things, to

write me notes. There were

people regularly texting

me, just to check in. I, to

this day, am still humbled,

eternally grateful and

touched by the way people

went out of their way for


I have learned that you

can never go wrong offering

a kind word, or sending

a text saying you are

thinking of someone. I

have learned that everyone

does the best they can

— some people are more

comfortable sending a text

or a note and not actually


This entire experience

has taught me and my

family so much. I feel so

fortunate to live in a community

where everyone

is so caring and extends

themselves so much.

In life you have to take

the good with the bad. Yes,

I was dealt a little bad, but

the good far outweighed

the bad.

I am fortunate to currently

be in remission. I

am still at a place where

my illness is in the forefront

of my mind. Negative

thoughts don’t consume

me, but it’s 8 months

later, and I am still not feeling

like my old self. I am

feeling much better, and

I know I will be back to

normal soon. I don’t worry

that I won’t be there for

my family (of course that

crossed my mind when diagnosed),

but I would be

lying if I said I don’t worry

I will get sick again.

Through all this I have

learned that support is vital

and immeasurable. I

have an amazing husband

and children and an incredibly

wonderful family

who is always here for

me. I learned to depend on

my closest friends in ways

I never thought I would

have to. Not surprisingly,

I learned that your friends

love you and want to help

you. I learned that everyone

wants to help. People

want to send you dinner, or

flowers or drive your kids

for you. It was so hard to

accept that help at the beginning.

As women and

mothers we train ourselves

not to depend on people.

When you are going

through chemo, your energy

is zapped and the help

offered is not just for you,

but your family as well.

Thank you Highland

Park. Thank you to everyone

who reached out

to me. Thank you for caring.

Thank you for your

love and kindness. Thank

you for restoring my faith

in human kindness. Highland

Park is such a beautiful,

interesting place. I am

so grateful that 17 years

ago I landed here.

Hillary Heller,

Highland Park resident


From Page 18

The 7-Eleven would

also have five gasoline

pumps to service 10 vehicles

on the west end of the


The applicant has purchased

the property since

that preliminary review;

however, GW Northbrook

2 failed to submit

a formal application for

modification within six

months of that meeting,

thereby resetting the process.

During the Northbrook

Village Board meeting on

Tuesday, Aug, 13, trustees

considered what amounted

to the same plan, which

included elements that

caused mild concern for

several trustees the first


Reporting by Chris Pullam,

Freelance Reporter. Full

story at NorthbrookTower.



Lawsuit alleges Glenview

nursing home employees

abused, harassed 91-yearold


A Glenview nursing

home and two of its former

employees are facing

a $1 million lawsuit over

alleged abuse and harassment

at the facility — including

an incident posted

on Snapchat by the former


The Abington of Glenview

nursing home and its

owner/operator Innovative

Management, as well as

former employees Brayan

Cortez, of Glenview,

and Jamie Montesa, were

sued Wednesday, Aug. 7,

in Cook County Circuit

Court by Margaret Battersby

Black, of the Levin

& Perconti law firm.

Black is representing

Margaret Collins, a

91-year-old former resident

at Abington of Glenview,

who was diagnosed

with dementia. Collins alleges

she was taunted by

Cortez and Montesa, who

worked as certified nursing

assistants at the nursing

home located at 3901

Glenview Road.

Cortez, 20, and Montesa,

21, were arrested Jan. 8

at the Glenview Police Department,

more than two

weeks after a video was

posted to Snapchat showing

Cortez and Montesa

taunting Collins.

A video of the incident

shows Collins holding a

blanket above her head

as one of the employees

shakes a hospital gown at

her and tosses it on her pillow.

The short video was

captioned with the words

“Margaret hates gowns”

alongside two laughing

emojis, according to the


Reporting by Jason Addy,

Contributing Editor. Full

story at GlenviewLantern.


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go figure


An intriguing number from this week’s edition

The amount of new Garlic

royalty crowned at Celebrate

Highwood’s annual Garlic Fest

on Aug. 14.

Page 14.

From the Editorial Intern

Eli Fraerman

Editorial Intern

Letter to the Editor

‘Accurate’ and ‘affirming’

coverage of the Green Bay


Thank you for affirming

the trail’s tremendous

personal and community

value to North Shore residents.

Alexa and Rhonda accurately

reported and photographed

the energy and

positive responses from

the more than 500 attendees

and participating businesses.

We continue to

receive compliments and

support for the FGBT’s

Closing time

They say the best way

to get experience in

a field is to get an

internship. However, many

internships require experience

in order to land them.

For many college students

including myself, this

can become a frustrating

conundrum when it comes

to applying for summer


Lacking much journalism

experience outside of

the newsroom at Lehigh

University, I struck out on

a lot of “bigger” opportunities

I was hopeful to

receive after my sophomore

year in college. I

did however receive an

opportunity here at 22nd

Century Media, an opportunity

to come home

to Highland Park for the

summer and gain valuable

internship experience.

I was unsure what I was

going to accomplish this

summer. I knew I had the

skills to jump out into the

field, but I wasn’t sure my

abilities would be tested.

The internship wasn’t

full-time, so I really didn’t

know if I would gain valuable

experiences or just

sit around doing the work

the full-time editors didn’t

want to do.

I am elated to say

that this internship far

exceeded my expectations.

I got out into the

communities of Highland

Park and Lake Forest and

interviewed their citizens,

reporting on real stories

with real people who had

a story to tell. For the last

three months, I believe I

have told those stories and

while not everything I did

may have been breaking

news — hyper-local stories

aren’t always the craziest

news — I believe that each

story I wrote furthered me

as a journalist.

ongoing trail restoration

efforts. We are confident

more residents will actively

use the trail and enjoy

its many benefits after

their experiences last Saturday.

We have a busy summer

and fall schedule ahead.

Please take a look at our

new website that was just

launched (and is still being

edited). We are now able

to promptly share our program

schedule and events,

feature important restoration

information,fun facts

and our photo gallery. Our

I am confident that I

will go back to school

this semester with a better

preparedness as a writer,

an interviewer and with

an enhanced ability to tell

people’s stories. I even

gained immediate connections

through this internship.

The first story I was

assigned, a Lake Bluff

resident who wrote a book

on the Chicago Bears 2018

season, turned into an extra

opportunity for me this

summer exploring some of

the radio and audio side of


While I wasn’t too

excited to feel like I was

stuck at home for the summer

after my sophomore

year of college, I know that

I have walked away with a

far greater understanding

of the journalism world

and furthered my abilities.

I want to thank my

Highland Park editor

Erin Yarnall for guiding

me through this summer

and recognizing that my

abilities could and should

be put to the test out in the

field. I am also thankful to

Alyssa Groh for serving

9th annual Buckthorn Barbecue

is Thursday, October

3. Details and tickets

are available on the website.

Please plan to join us

and look for more updates

on the website.

Thank you again for

your support of the Friends

of the Green Bay Trail. As

we often say: run, walk

and stroll the trail. It is

close to home and open all

year round.

Meridith Clement

Friends of the Green Bay

Trail Board Trustee

a similar role during her

time as the Lake Forest

editor before moving on

from 22nd Century Media.

Without them, I wouldn’t

be able to say I gained as

much from this summer as

I did.

I have ambition to move

forward with my journalism

career and I now know

that I have the experiences

to match my abilities. No

longer will the problem

of not having valuable

experiences be an issue for

me. Unlike some kids my

age who get “internships”

that only consist of getting

coffee and doing mindless

work, I know that I actually

got something out of

my summer. For whatever

my future holds, I will

forever be thankful to 22nd

Century Media for helping

jump start my career.

The Highland

Park Landmark

Sound Off Policy

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opinions of the author. Pieces

from 22nd Century Media are

the thoughts of the company

as a whole. The Highland Park

Landmark encourages readers

to write letters to Sound Off.

All letters must be signed, and

names and hometowns will be

published. We also ask that

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not publication. Letters should

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22 | August 22, 2019 | The highland park landmark Highland Park


Grab your boots and cowboy hat and join us at

3rd Annual Nashwood

Highwood Meets Nashville

Aug. 30-Sept. 1 *Labor Day Weekend* (Rain or Shine Event)


• Family friendly line up & kids area Friday

& Saturday at the Pralines & Cream Stage

• Elvis-Mania for the entire family with

two shows Saturday and Sunday

• 3-Day weekend of over 80 free, live music

acts at over a dozen venues,2 outdoor

stages, 7 courtyards & buskers on the


• Southern inspired food & drink specials


• Register for your commemorative

one-of-a-kind light up Nashwood

Cowboy Boot Cup (limited

number available)

• $20 includes cup, sponsor gifts

& coupons for Southern food &

drink specials at participating


Tito’s Two Step Stage Attractions

• Two-Step Dance Lessons Saturday Evening

• Adult Activity Area with Phone Charging Station

10th YEAR!


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Eating like royalty

Glenview’s Gangnam Ramen dishes out Korean classics, Page 29

Highland Park resident wins

international competition, Page 25

Highland Park native

Hannah Ayzman

stands with her project

on display in the

Museum of the Jewish

People in Tel Aviv,

Israel. Submitted photo

24 | August 22, 2019 | The highland park landmark FAITH


Faith Briefs

Christ Church (1713 Green Bay Road,

Highland Park)

Sip N Paint

7:30-9 p.m. Aug. 23.

Highland Park’s Rev. 7:9

is hosting a Sip ‘n Paint

Unwind with your friends

and connect over coffee,

tea, etc. while a local artist

guides you through painting

your own masterpiece.

Church in the Park

10 a.m.-12 p.m. Aug.

25. On Aug. 25, there is

an annual art festival in

town that will take up all

of our parking. Every year

we take that opportunity to

hold our service in Sunset

Park (behind Sunset Foods

in Highland Park). This

is a great opportunity to

invite friends. We’ll have

some music and a couple

of testimonies, but we will

also be cooking hot dogs,

brats and hamburgers, offering

games for the kids

and a general fun old time

church picnic atmosphere.

Mini Ravinia

6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 6. The

Empty Nesters present

Mini Ravinia.

JRS Matthew Homes Golf


11:15 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept.

20. Golf outing, dinner

and auction for charity at

Glen Flora Country Club.

Shotgun start at 11:15 a.m.

and 12 p.m. with a cocktail

hour, helicopter ball drop

and silent auction at 5 p.m.

Dinner buffet opens at 6

p.m. with a live auction directly

following dinner.

Weeknight Service

7-8 p.m. Thursdays,

church coffee bar. Weeknight

service is a place to

come, stay awhile, meet

people and then go make

a difference. For more

information, call (847)

234-1001 or email Brad at


Men’s Breakfast Group

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

Panera Bread, 1211

Half Day Road, Bannockburn.

For more information,

contact Sean at seansmith797@gmail.com.

Trinity Episcopal (425 Laurel Avenue,

Highland Park)

Sunday Schedule

8:45 a.m. – Fellowship

9 a.m. – Holy Eucharist,

St. Michael’s Chapel

10 a.m. Sunday School

(on the 1st and 3rd Sundays)

11 a.m. – Fellowship

Men’s Bible Study Group

9-10 a.m. Saturdays

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Men’s AA Meeting

8:30 p.m. Fridays

Makom Solel Lakeside (1301 Clavey

Road, Highland Park)

Back to School BBQ

5:15-7:15 p.m. Dinner at

5:15 p.m. and Shabbat at

6:15 p.m.

Torah Study

9:15 a.m. Saturdays

North Suburban Synagogue Beth El

(1175 Sheridan Road, Highland Park)

Shofar Sho Good!

10-11 a.m. Aug. 25. After

morning minyan and

breakfast, join us for a free

Shofar Workshop for beginners

and veteran shofar

blowers. Beginners (kids

and adults) learn the basics

of shofar blowing for

Elul and the high holidays.

Shofar Veterans - review

the finer points with experts

and clergy, and share

tips and tricks with the

newbies. Bring your own

shofar or practice on ours.

RSVP to Marcie Eskin at


Sisterhood Presents Guest

Speaker Leah Polin

7:45 p.m. Sept. 12.

Keeper of the Flame


10 a.m. Nov. 3. Each

year the Men’s Club honors

a member that has

lived the mission of the

men’s club. Last year we

honored Michael Salberg

and this year’s winner will

be announced soon.

Writer’s Beit Midrash

9:30-11 a.m. every other

Wednesday, The NSS Beth

El Writer’s Beit Midrash

meets in the Maxwell Abbel

Library. All fiction,

non-fiction, poetry, memoir

and essay writers (published

or not yet published)

are welcome for discussions,

exercises, camaraderie

and critique. Contact

Rachel Kamin at rkamin@

nssbethel.org for more information

and to be added

to the mailing list.

Open Conversational


10-11 a.m. Sundays.

Practice Hebrew conversation

and reading informally

with other participants.

Free. For information,

contact Judy Farby at


Daily Minyan

8:45 a.m.; 7:30 p.m.


7:15 a.m.; 7:30 p.m.


7:15 a.m.; 6:15 p.m. Friday

Shabbat Service

6:15 p.m. Friday (Kabbalat


8:50 a.m. Shacharit

(Shabbat Morning)

10:30 a.m. Junior Congregation

(Grades 2-6)

10:45 a.m. Young Family

Service (families with

children first-grade age

and younger)

Immaculate Conception Parish (770

Deerfield Road, Highland Park)

Donations for Rummage


Donations are now being

accepted for the annual

Immaculate Conception

Rummage Sale. The

sale takes place Sept. 6

and 7 in the Parish Center.

Please drop off donations

of clothing, books, housewares,

electronics, all

children’s items, holiday

decorations and notions

in the front of the Parish

Center. Indoor and outdoor

furniture, tools, bikes, art

work, sports equipment

and large appliances can

be dropped off at the upper

level garages. Furnity

pick-ups can be scheduled

for a minimal fee. We can

not accept mattresses, box

springs, tube TVs, sofa

beds, car seats or cribs.

For more information or to

schedule a pick up, contact

the Parish Office at (847)


Weekend Services

5 p.m. Saturdays

4-4:45 p.m. Sundays,


8 a.m.; 10:30 a.m. Sunday



4-4:45 p.m. Saturdays

Sunday Connection

Scripture Group

10-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays,

The Sunday Connection

is a women’s discussion

group based on the

readings for the following

weekend liturgies. Coffee

and camraderie following

each session. Everyone

welcome, no sign-up necessary.

The group is located

in the church’s parish


Central Avenue Synagogue (874 Central

Ave., Highland Park)

Jewish Spirituality and

Mysticism Class

1:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Jewish Spirituality and

Mysticism Class open to

members and non members

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applications of the weeks

Torah portion to contemporary

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Resident’s project displayed

at Tel Aviv museum in Israel

Erin Yarnall, Editor

Ayzman’s project displayed at the Museum of the Jewish

People in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Yelena Diment, a physician

living in the Soviet

Union after World War

II, survived through Joseph

Stalin’s doctor’s plot

— in which Jewish doctors

throughout the Soviet

Union were accused of

conspiring to assassinate

Soviet leaders.

This led to an increase

in anti-semitism, and persisted

until Stalin’s death

in 1953. Diment ended up

losing her practice during

the doctor’s plot.

Yet, in that time, Diment,

was responsible for

helping 36 Jewish women

give birth to 36 children.

Her great-grandaughter,

Hannah Ayzman, paid tribute

to her life and her work

in a project.

That project is now on

display at the Museum of

the Jewish People in Tel

Aviv, Israel after it won

first place for Englishspeaking

countries in the

My Family Story project,

sponsored by the museum.

Ayzman competed

against fellow sixth-graders

from around the world

in the project.

“When I realized that

my work was going to be

put there, I realized a lot of

people are going to see it

and there’s going to be a

lot of people that are going

to have different opinions

on it,” Ayzman said. “But I

knew a lot of people could

connect to it and I felt that

it was an amazing thing,

and really honoring to

have my project displayed


She participated in the

project through her classes

at North Suburban Synagogue

Beth El.

Ayzman’s project centers

around five Matryoshka

nesting dolls, for the

five women in Ayzman’s

family who were inspired

to “take on her legacy” and

also become doctors. There

is also a larger nesting doll

with 36 small dolls, to represent

the 36 children that

Diment helped to be born.

“They each have names

written on them for the 36

Jewish babies she delivered,”

Ayzman said.

Ayzman said she learned

about her family history

through the project, as well

as some of the history of

the Soviet Union. She said

that before the project, she

didn’t know the extent of

her great-grandmother’s

work, and she didn’t know

about the doctor’s plot.

“Learning more about her

really helped me and helped

me connect to my family

members,” Ayzman said.

She said her grandmother,

Diment’s daughter, was

“really proud” to talk to

Ayzman about Diment.

“She definitely liked that

I used her side of the family

and I was able to honor

her mother,” Ayzman said.

To be able to see her

work on display, Ayzman

and her family traveled to

Israel and stopped by the

museum, along with several

other sites throughout

the country.

Ayzman was one of

more than a few dozen

students from around the

world who displayed their

projects on the trip to Israel.

“There’s over thousands

of kids who have participated

in this project, but

only 40 of them get to be

at the ceremony and display

their projects,” Ayzman


She said that she feels

happy to have participated

in this project, which

helped connect her further

to her family, especially

her great-grandmother.

“Her legacy lives on in

my family,” Ayzman said.




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LEFT: Highland

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in the Museum

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People in Tel

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Ringo Starr ‘gets by’ with help from some friends, Beach Boys

Erin Yarnall, Editor

Channeling a classic

song by his former band,

The Beatles, Beatles drummer

and musician Ringo

Starr was surrounded by

friends as his All Starr

Band performed alongside

The Beach Boys over two

nights, Aug. 3 and 4, at Ravinia


Starr’s leads his All

Starr supergroup, which

is comprised of musicians

from Toto, Men at Work,

Santana, Journey and Average

White Band.

The supergroup played

hits from each of it’s members

bands, including Starr

performing some of his

songs from the Beatles,

like “Yellow Submarine.”

Opening for the All Starr

Band was The Beach Boys

featuring John Stamos on

The Beach Boys setlist

• Do It Again

• Surfin’ Safari

• Catch a Wave

• California Sun

• It’s OK

• Surfin’ USA

• Surfer Girl

• Don’t Worry Baby

• Little Deuce Coupe

• 409

• Shut Down

• I Get Around

• Be True to Your School

• Getcha Back

• God Only Knows

• Pisces Brothers

• Here Comes the Sun

guitar, vocals and percussion.

Stamos first started playing

with The Beach Boys

in 1985, and The Beach

• California Girls

• Sloop John B

• Wouldn’t It Be Nice

• Help Me, Rhonda

• Do You Wanna


• Barbara Ann

• Good Vibrations

• Kokomo

• Rockaway Beach

• Fun, Fun, Fun

Ringo Starr and His All

Starr Band setlist

• Matchbox

• It Don’t Come Easy

• Evil Ways

• Rosanna

• Pick Up the Pieces

• Down Under

• Boys

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• Yellow Submarine

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• Anthem

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• Oye Como Va

• I Wanna Be Your Man

• Who Can It Be Now?

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• With a Little Help

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Boys made appearances on

the television show “Full

House,” which starred Stamos.

The band played a careerspanning

set, from the earliest

hits in the ‘60s through

to newer music, even including

a cover of The Ramones’

“Rockaway Beach.”

Ringo Starr performs with his All Starr Band at Ravinia,

Aug. 3. Photos by Erin Yarnall/22nd Century Media

Actor and musician John Stamos performs with the

Beach Boys at Ravinia.

Chicago pays tribute to roots, plays entirety of ‘Chicago II’

Olivia Vallone

Editorial Intern

It has been 47 years

since Chicago first graced

Ravinia with a performance

and though they’ve

gone through multiple personnel

changes since then,

they still rocked the audience’s

socks off.

On Aug. 10 the pavillion

at Ravinia Festival

was filled up with fans to

see the band as well as the

more than 10,000 people

on the lawn.

With up to 15 people on

stage during some songs

and countless logos in

the background, the band

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classics as they could in

the two-and-a-half hour

long show. They surprised

the audience by playing an

entire side of “Chicago II”

Chicago setlist

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• Dialogue (Part I & II)

• Wake Up Sunshine

• Call on Me

• (I’ve Been) Searchin’

So Long

• Mongonucleosis

• Leave Me Now

• Look Away

• Ballet

• Alive Again

• Does Anybody Really

Know What Time It Is?

straight through.

Three of the founding

members, Robert

Lamm, Lee Loughnane

and James Pankow, were

joined by seven other

bandmates to create the

nostalgic Chicago sound.

The band paid tribute to

• Old Days

• Hard Habit to Break

• You’re the Inspiration

• I’m a Man (The

Spencer Davis Group


• Street Player

• Just You ‘n’ Me

• Hard to Say I’m Sorry/

Get Away

• Saturday in the Park

• Feelin’ Stronger Every


• Free

• 25 or 6 to 4

their roots by showing

a slideshow during the

performance of pictures

from when they were

starting out in 1967.

One of the most notable

parts of the concert

was when drummer and

percussionist Walfredo

Lee Loughnane, trumpet player for Chicago and one of

the band’s co-founders, performs at Ravinia.

Reyes Jr. and Ramon Yslas

cranked out a solo. The

pair switched drum sets

in the middle of the solo

without missing a single


Chicago ended their

encore with the exciting

“25 or 6 to 4”, which had

people who started walking

out stop in their tracks

and turn around.

Chicago trombone player

and co-founder James

Pankow performs at the

band’s concert, Aug. 10,

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Gangnam Ramen takes diners

on tour of Korean cuisine

Jason Addy

Contributing Editor



After decades of wowing

her family and friends

at get-togethers and church

events, Keum Ahn — with

support from her husband

and children — decided

it was time to show off

her culinary skills to the


The Ahn family opened

the doors to Gangnam Ramen

in February at 952

Harlem Ave. in Glenview,

and local residents and

Korean cuisine lovers

quickly took notice, said

Keum’s son Daniel, who

left his job in corporate

marketing to help ensure

the success of his family’s

first restaurant.

The reception has been

“surprisingly very positive,”

he said. “The feedback

so far is great. We

love the local community

here in Glenview. We have

a lot of regulars who are

very supportive, so we’re

grateful for that.”

“In the beginning, it

was actually really hard,”

Keum said through Daniel,

who translated on her

behalf. But once Daniel

and his sister stepped in to

help out with operations,

Keum found her rhythm

and started winning over


In the first six months,

Gangnam Ramen has converted

many who stopped

in to try the “half-traditional,

half-modern” fusion

of Korean flavors into

regular diners, he said.

Most of the dishes on

the menu started from traditional

Korean recipes

that Keum learned while

growing up in the southernmost

reaches of South

Korea with 10 siblings.

Keum said she has taken

Gangnam Ramen’s Korean fried chicken ($10 for a large

order) features deep-fried chicken nuggets glazed in a

Korean chilli sauce. Eric DeGrechie/22nd Century Media

those recipes and “Americanized”

them slightly as a

way to introduce customers

to Korean cuisine.

The menu also features

a few options for those

looking to sample some of

the more exotic dishes of

Korea, such as the seafood

udon and spicy rice cakes.

While many of the dishes

— like bibimbap and

ramen — have rustic roots,

some have much more regal

backgrounds, like the

Korean BBQ bulgogi, a

dish once reserved for Korean

royalty and special


“I see ourselves as a tour

guide for Korean culture,”

Daniel said, alluding to the

wide range of dishes featured

on the menu.

The interior of Gangnam

Ramen also offers diners a

dichotomy between traditional

and modern, with

one side of the restaurant

featuring muted tones and

marble tables and the other

side bursting with colors

and more modern wooden


Keum and Daniel recently

took a group of

22nd Century Media editors

on their tour of Korean

cuisine via some of

Gangnam Ramen’s most

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($10.50), a large bowl of

broth filled with dumplings,

egg, mushrooms,

peppers, onions and other

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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Ethan Fineman

Fineman is a junior goalkeeper

for the Highland

Park boys soccer team.

How did you get

started playing


I started playing when I

was around six years old.

A lot of people I knew

were playing soccer, at

that point it was kind of

like the sport you would

play as a kid.

What’s your favorite

part of playing


My favorite part would

have to be saving a penalty

kick and watching

the reaction of the penalty

kicker. Usually they’re in


What’s the most

challenging part of

playing goalkeeper?

I would say having to

overcome a mistake, coming

home from a game at

night and just realizing

that maybe you cost your

team some points and trying

to come to the field the

next day trying to make up

for everything.

Do you have any

pre-game rituals or


On the way to a game I

like to watch film of great

saves just for inspiration,

just help me envision myself

making some of those

saves during my game.

If you could play

another sport besides

soccer, what would it


Volleyball. I played a

little bit in middle school,

and I’m a keeper, I’m really

good with upper-body


What’s the best

coaching advice you’ve

ever gotten?

This offseason I’ve been

training with Chicago Fire

coach Aleksandar Saric,

and one of his main points

is always to stay focused,

no matter the point of the

game. Just never click off,

always stay focused.

What’s your favorite

place to eat?

I’d have to say Lou

Malnati’s, I really enjoy

their pizza, it’s a nice little


Who is your favorite


22nd Century Media File Photo

Christian Pulisic. Growing

up the past couple of

years I’ve really gotten

into professional soccer.

Watching him is an inspiration

to me that I can be

there doing that.

If you won the lottery,

what’s the first thing

you would buy?

I would probably buy

plane tickets to England to

go watch Christian Pulisic


If you could travel

anywhere in the

world, where would

you go?

I’d probably go anywhere

in Europe. I haven’t

been there yet and I’ve

been watching a lot of

professional soccer on TV.

I would just want to see

the atmosphere in person,

what it would be like to be

in that crowd.

Interview by Sports Editor

Nick Frazier

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the highland park landmark | August 22, 2019 | 35

Counting Down the Days

Highland Park football began practicing last week at Wolters

Field. The Giants kick off the season at home versus Wheeling

on Aug. 30.

Linebacker Jaden Holzman (right) fights through the block at practice on Aug. 13 at

Wolters Field. Nick Frazier/22nd Century Media

Running back Giovanni Volpentesta bursts through the line of scrimmage on Aug. 13.

Nick Frazier/22nd Century Media

Members of the United States Marine Corps joined the team at practice on Aug. 14 to

go through team-building exercises. Photo submitted

Highland Park head coach David Lindquist gives instructions to the running backs at

the end of practice on Aug. 13. Nick Frazier/22nd Century Media

The Giants do team pushups as Coach Lindquist looks on Aug. 14. Photo submitted

This Week In...




■ ■Aug. 22 - at Glenbrook

South, 4 p.m.

■Aug. ■ 23 - hosts

Stevenson, 4 p.m.

■Aug. ■ 26 - invitational at

Barrington, 1 p.m.

■Aug. ■ 28 - hosts Maine

West, 4 p.m.


■Aug. ■ 24 - CSL Invitational,

11 a.m.

■Aug. ■ 26 - tournament at

Hoffman Estates, 2:30 p.m.


■Aug. ■ 22 - Intrasquad

scrimmage at Wolters Field,

7 p.m.


■Aug. ■ 24 - tournament at

Deerfield, 12 p.m.

■Aug. ■ 26 - at Loyola, TBD

■Aug. ■ 28 - hosts Francis W.

Parker, 4:45 p.m.


■Aug. ■ 26 - hosts Buffalo

Grove, 4:45 p.m.

■Aug. ■ 27 - tournament at

Lake Forest, 4:30 p.m.


■Aug. ■ 26 - at Glenbrook

North, 6 p.m.



■Aug. ■ 27 - at Lake Forest,

4:45 p.m.

36 | August 22, 2019 | The highland park landmark SPORTS


Going Places

Ignoffo eager to join team culture at Edgewood

Nick Frazier, Sports Editor

For recent Highland

Park High School graduate

Sydney Ignoffo, playing

college baketball wasn’t

something worth secondguessing.

Ignoffo, who joined the

Giants’ 1,000-point club

this past season, has been

playing the game since she

was 7 years old. Her passion

for basketball meant

she was going to keep

playing competitively for

as long as she can.

“[Basketball’s] always

been a part of my life,”

Ignoffo said. “One thing

that I love and it makes me

want to play all the time is

the relationships you build.

Just being on the court, you

have something to focus on

and everything just goes

away, school, high school

drama. It’s just somewhere

to let yourself breathe, it’s

a love you can’t get rid of.

“It was never really an

option, I just knew I had to

play because I love it.”

After a successful career

with Highland Park, Ignoffo

will suit up for Division-III

Edgewood College

in the winter. The combo

guard joins an Eagles program

that won 14 of its 25

games in the 2018-19 season

and competes in the

Northern Athletics Collegiate


A 5-foot-5 ballhandler

with a knack for lighting

up the scoreboard, Ignoffo

originally was looking into

bigger schools to continue

her playing career at. Then

she stumbled upon Edgewood,

a small school with

an enrollment of 2,500 located

in Madison, Wisc.

That means Ignoffo can

stay reserved and quiet on

campus if she likes, or she

can go out and meet new

people in the city.

“If you walk around on

campus it’s always lively,

it’s one of my favorite

cities,” Ignoffo said. “I

feel like it’s a best of both

worlds scenario, so I’m excited.”

Besides the school’s location,

Ignoffo is looking

forward to joining Edgewood

on the court. During

her official overnight

visit, Ignoffo was in awe

at how the unity the Eagles

showed during practice.

“The most important

thing to me is just culture

and family,” Ignoffo said.

“They were all so close,

sprinting to help each other

up. Just their culture and

love for each other really

stood out, they reminded

me of my AAU team,

we’re just so close and

that’s the most important

thing to me. Basketball

ends, but relationships will

always stay and be around,

that’s what I was looking

for in a team.”

Playing for Full Package,

her club team based

in Northfield, and for the

Giants, Ignoffo is use to

that tight team culture. She

played four years of varsity

at Highland Park, and after

scoring 25 points to reach

the 1,000-point plateau last

season, Ignoffo was quick

to give credit to her teammates.

That devoiton to team

culture, as well as an emphasis

on the finer details,

has Ignoffo feeling ready

for what lays ahead of her

at Edgewood.

“My coach [Jolie Betchel]

was really strict on the

little things, I feel like that

will help me in college,”

Ignoffo said. “At Highland

Park we played a lot of

tough teams, I feel like that

got me stronger and helped

Sydney Ignoffo pushes the ball up the court in a game for the Giants last season. 22nd Century Media file photos

Ignoffo (center) with her Giants teammates last season.

me develop my game because

I was going against

really good guards. I feel

like that’s helped me get

ready for college.

“I just learned a lot from

them. I learned a lot from

all my coaches and everything,

everything prepared

me for college, I feel pretty


Even so, Ignoffo ackowledges

there are still

things she can work on,

like coming off of screens

harder. A deadly 3-point

shooter, Ignoffo also

plans on quickening her

shot release.

“I can shoot fast, so I’m

just trying to speed up my

shot because obviously the

speed is so different in college,”

Ignoffo said. “I’m

getting my body stronger

because again, those

girls are so strong. Since

I’m short, I’m just trying

to make myself quicker,

faster, do things I can personally

control to make my

game better and help the


The Eagles begin the

2019-20 season at Crown

College on Nov. 8.

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the highland park landmark | August 22, 2019 | 37

From the sports intern

Looking back on a memorable internship with The Landmark

Drew Favakeh

Sports Intern

When I first

started at 22nd

Century Media,

I expected to be doing

typical intern’s grunt

work. Answer phone

calls, grab a coffee or

two, maybe write the occasional

game recap.

Sure, I did write some

game recaps, especially

in the beginning with

lacrosse season coming to

an end. But by the end of

my internship, I refined

my writing skills tremendously.

I was writing 2-4

feature stories per week

and generally learning

on the fly, just as I had

wanted to when I applied

to intern at 22nd Century


But in many ways, it

was way more than I expected.

When Lake Forest

Leader editor Alyssa

Groh left for another

job, Nick Frazier worked

double duty until a new

editor arrived three weeks

later. You’d be hardpressed

to find Nick without

bags under his eyes

or sweat seeping through

his shirt. Needless to say,

he worked tremendously

hard and even still, his

content was impressive.

Alyssa’s departure also

meant I had to cover for

Nick at times. I had to

write even more feature

stories and I’m not

going to lie, I struggled

sometimes. I am the first

to admit that I struggle

with deadlines. But with

Nick’s help, I improved

in that aspect. He would

constantly remind me

via text or in person, that

he needed stories a few

days early. For that, I am


I am grateful for all the

sports editors’ help this

year; Northbrook Tower

and Glenview Lantern

sports editor, Michal

Dwojak and Wilmette

Beacon, Glencoe Anchor

and Winnetka Current

sports editor, Michael

Wojtychiw, too. Michael

Wojtychiw taught me

to find the focus of the

story and Michal Dowjak,

to cut unnecessary

words. I would also like

to thank Eric DeGrechie

and Megan Bernard, both

of whom helped me land

this internship in the first


With their help, I was

able to cover sports

stories across the north

shore. My goal at the

beginning was to show

the human aspect of an

athletes’ life. Confidently,

I can say I succeeded in

doing so.

I wrote about Princeton

University and New

Trier alumnus Steven

Cook, who quit professional

basketball to

volunteer in Uganda,

Baylor University sophomore

and Highland Park

alumna, soccer player

Giuliana Cunningham,

who overcame anemia

to have a great freshman

season, and Princeton

junior and Highland Park

alumnus Levy Nathan,

who had shingles but

ended the swimming

season and school year

strong. And those are just

a few people I met.

In writing and reporting

for 22nd Century Media,

I found that I still have a

passion for doing such.

Next semester, I begin

a sports editor internship

at the IndyStar and

my second year at the

Butler Collegian. Before,

I wasn’t sure I was

prepared, but with this

opportunity, I can now

say I am fully prepared.

Above all, I couldn’t

have done it without

you, the reader. Thank

you for taking this trip

with me, through all the

ups and downs. It will

be exciting to read all

the 22nd Century Media

crew has to offer while

I’m in college, at Butler


In the meantime, keep

reading, who knows who

you might meet.


From Page 38

amount since last year,”

Schwenk said. “I’ve

gained like twenty or thirty

yards. My putting was really

good today. I didn’t

have a single three-putt

and I was an inch away so

many times today.”

Putting is an area Kovitz

wants to focus on moving


“I had four three-putts

today, which is a little upsetting.

It’s something I

have to work on,” Kovitz

said. “But overall I’m happy.

I hit it pretty well. But

there’s still a lot of areas to

improve on.”

Lake Forest junior Elizabeth

Lyon has not enjoyed

playing at Bonnie Dundee

Golf Club in years past, in

a season-opening tournament

annually hosted by


“I haven’t played very

well here. Last year I shot

a 92 here so I really wanted

to shoot below 90 this

year,” Lyon said.

Mission accomplished.

Lyon destroyed her previous

best score at the course,

shooting a team-low 79 to

help lead the Scouts to a

fifth-place finish.

There’s no practice

range at Bonnie Dundee so

players essentially got off

the team bus and teed off.

It took most players a few

holes to warm up and Lyon

was no different.

“I bogeyed, parred, and

bogeyed, and then I birdied

a hole,” Lyon said.

“After that I started to feel

better. I kept it calm and

I played pretty confident

today. My chipping and

putting haven’t been great

but towards the end today I

started putting really well.

I made a lot of one-putts.”

Scouts coach Steve

Johnson liked what he saw

from Lyon.

“She’s someone that can

really drive the ball well,”

Johnson said. “She’s really

long and consistent

and she must have putted

really well today. I know

she played in tournaments

all summer and she really

works hard at her game.”

Sophomore Chloe Lee

finished one stroke behind

Lyon with a score of 80,

followed by junior Gianna

Martino (82) and junior

Susa Carlson (84). Sophomores

Lucy Rogers (91)

and Michelyn Ward (89)

also competed for a Scouts

team that has a lot of parity

at the top of its lineup.

“I think everyone knows

we could have played a

little better but we were

scrambling to do the

best we could,” Lee said.

“I think some of it was

nerves because that’s always

the biggest enemy on

the course.”








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38 | August 22, 2019 | The highland park landmark SPORTS


Giants show promise in season-opening tournament

Gary Larsen

Freelance Reporter

The best athletes allow

failure to motivate them

and that’s exactly what

Highland Park sophomore

Ally Kovitz did at the end

of last year’s high school

golf season.

“I shot a really bad score

at regionals last year and

after that I said I wanted

to be more serious about

the game,” Kovitz said. “I

want to work hard and be

as good as I can be.”

Kovitz’s plan included

foregoing an eight-week

summer camp she annually

attended and instead she

attended a pair of weeklong

golf camps far from

home. Her newfound commitment

to golf opened her

eyes to what it truly takes

to play well on a consistent


“It’s really about how

many times you can get

a club in your hands each

week,” Kovitz said. “But

you also can’t forget it’s a

game, and it’s about making

friends and having


Highland Park had some

fun in its first tournament

of the season on Thursday,

Aug. 15 at Bonnie Dundee

Golf Club in Carpentersville.

Kovitz shot a 76 to

help lead the Giants to a

fourth-place finish in a

field of 11 teams.

Giants coach Jessica Berens

sees a difference in

Kovitz since last season.

“She’s more confident in

her game, she knows the

improvements and corrections

she needs to make

out on the course, and she’s

making them,” Berens said.

“She’s more consistent and

I expect some great things

from her and some really

good golf play.”

Ally Kovitz, Highland Park’s top scorer in the 11-team tournament, lines up a putt on Thursday, Aug. 15, at Bonnie Dundee Golf Club in Carpentersville.

Photos by Gary Larsen/22nd Century Media

Highland Park got a

score of 81 from Emmi

Schwenk, an 82 from junior

Sam Fahn, and an

85 from classmate Charlotte

Harrigan to finish 40

over par as a team. Host

Barrington won the tournament

at 12 over par,

followed by Brookfield

Central of Wisconsin and

Lincoln-Way Central.

“I was really proud of

the girls for going out,

working hard, and coming

back with some real

nice scores,” Berens said.

“We have a young team

which is exciting to be

able to work with. We’ll

keep working to see improvement

and we’ll get a

couple more years out of


Rosie Ezgur (93) and

Caroline Millen (103) also

“I have a lot of hope for our

team this year. We’re getting

closer as a group, which is fun,

and a lot of us have stepped it

up to fill that place the seniors

from last year left behind.”

- junior Emma Schwenk

competed for the Giants as

non-scoring golfers. The

junior Schwenk sees good

things ahead for this year’s


“I have a lot of hope

for our team this year,”

she said. “We’re getting

closer as a group, which

is fun, and a lot of us have

stepped it up to fill that

place the seniors from last

year left behind.”

Schwenk also put in her

time on the course over

the summer and she was

relatively pleased with the

round she played in Carpentersville.

“My impact on the

ball has changed a crazy Highland Park junior Emmi Schwenk holds her swing

Please see Giants, 37 after an iron shot.

hplandmark.com SPORTS

the highland park landmark | August 22, 2019 | 39

From the Sports Editor

Checking in on the top 2019 fall storylines

22nd Century Media File



Three Stars of

the Week

1. Ally Kovitz

(ABOVE). The

sophomore was

the low scorer for

the Giants in their

first tournament of

the year, shooting

a 76 and leading

HPHS to a fourthplace


2. Sydney Ignoffo.

A 1,000-point

scorer at Highland

Park, the combo

guard is excited

to continue her

playing career at

Edgewood College

3. Ethan Fineman.

The junior

goalkeeper is

our Athlete of the

Week and figures

to start in net for

the Giants once

again this fall.

Nick Frazier

Sports Editor

The wait was unbearable

at times, but

at long last, the fall

sports season is here.

The IHSA season began

on Aug. 12, and Highland

Park football, cross-country,

golf, girls volleyball,

field hockey, girls tennis,

boys soccer and girls

swimming will be getting

underway soon (if they

haven’t already). With

games right around the

corner, let’s take a look

at the top questions going

into the fall season.

Can Highland Park football


In their first season

under head coach David

Lindquist, the Giants took

a step backward in 2018,

losing three of their last

four games. Highland

Park had qualified for the

postseason the two years

prior, and the team will

be looking to play into

November once again. Junior

David Crane should

earn the starting quarterback

role, replacing the

now-graduated Michael

Rooney. Fellow classmate

Zion Griffin will contribute

plenty as a running

back, defensive back, and

even a kick returner. And

Giovanni Volpentesta,

also a junior, should shine

at the linebacker position

this fall. The Giants won

the CSL North in 2017;

some other key players

will have to step up into

bigger roles to win the

conference this season.

Can HP girls volleyball

replace strong senior


All high school teams

lose vital players each

season to graduation, but

the HPHS girls volleyball

team has especially big

shoes to fill. That starts

with Ireland Hieb, the

two-time CSL North Player

of the Year who moves

on to Eastern Illinois

University this fall Hieb

was a dynamic outside hitter

for the Giants, totaling

292 kills, 43 aces, 132

digs and 33 blocks. Not

to be forgotten are fellow

graduates Olivia Carter,

Allyson Gordon, Ella Weil

and Helena Grobelny, who

all were regular starters

in 2018. Head coach Beth

Peterson must fill those

holes to bring the Giants

back to the top of the

conference. Middle hitter

Georgia Sullivan returns

Senior Samara Michael will need a new doubles partner this season. 22nd Century

Media file photo

after a strong junior campaign,

and Talia Teich and

Izzy Cohen figure to carve

out roles for themselves

as well.

Can Giants boys crosscountry

get two runners to


Last season, distance

runner Jason Polydoris

qualified for the IHSA

Class 3A state meet as a

sophomore by running

a 15:05 at sectionals.

There’s no reason Polydoris

shouldn’t return to

state, but the question will

be if the Giants can get

another runner or two to

join Polydoris. In 2018,

freshman Alex Brown

qualified for the sectional

meet at Hoffman Estates

by placing 26th at regional

with a time of 16:58. If

Brown and Polydoris can

get to state together, it

will be the first time Steve

Buti’s team will have two

runners in the final race

of the season since 2016,

when Highland Park

qualified as a team.

Can Highland Park girls

tennis win a sectional?

Last year was a good

year for the Giants, who

placed second in their

own sectional, trailing

Lake Forest by five points.

Of the three Giants who

qualified for the Class 2A

state meet, only senior

Samara Michael returns.

Luckily, head coaches

Chris Visconti and John

Whitehead have a lot of

young players that can

step up, including Kathryn

Harris and Halle Michael,

Samara’s twin sister. Samara

and Monique Brual

had reached the doubles

state tournament three

years in a row; with Brual

now graduated, it looks

like the Michael twins

may finally take the court


Listen Up

“Just being on the court, you have something to focus

on and everything just goes away.”

Sydney Ignoffo — Highland Park High School girls basketball star

on her favorite part of the game.

Tuning In

What to Watch this Week

GIRLS TENNIS: The Giants head to Lake Forest,

who defeated HPHS in their sectional in 2018.

• The match between the two powerhouses takes place

on Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 4:45 p.m.


35 - Photo Gallery

34 - Athlete of the Week

Fastbreak is compiled by Sports Editor Nick

Frazier. Send any questions or comments to


The highland Park Landmark | August 22, 2019 | HPLandmark.com

What to Watch For

Previewing the top HPHS storylines this season, Page 39

Right at Home

Ignoffo prepares for college basketball

in Madison, Page 36

Giants kick off fall season with strong

showing in tournament, Page 38

Highland Park’s

Emmi Schwenk

watches her iron

shot in an 11-team

tournament on

Thursday, Aug.

15, at Bonnie

Dundee Golf Club

in Barrington.

Gary Larsen/22nd

Century Media

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