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Navigating the College

search and admissions


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

Sept. 12, New Lenox

Public Library, 120 Veterans

Parkway. The experts

from My College Planning

Team are returning

to NLPL for another informative

workshop for

teens and parents. They

will unveil new strategies

you can use to get into —

and afford — the colleges

of your choice. The presentation

will also cover

selectivity, fit, essay prep,

and scholarships, all from

the perspective of former

admissions and university

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Maker Day

1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept.

14, New Lenox Public Library,

120 Veterans Parkway.

Calling all Makers.

Get hands-on with all that

the Library has to offer.

Join us for a variety of interactive

activities, exhibits,

and demos, and have

the chance to discover and

explore new interests. Tinker

and build in our Makerspace,

craft and create

in the Meeting Room, discover

and educate yourself

on all of the technology in

our Digital Media Lab. All

workshops will be taught

by community members,

local business owners, artists,

and staff. Maker Day

is a free, all-ages event,

and participants will have

a chance to win a prize. No

registration required.

Lincoln-Way Half


6:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday,

Sept. 14, Downtown

Oak Street, Frankfort.

Competitive timed

half marathon. Sponsored

by the Lincoln-Way District

210 Foundation for

Educational Excellence.

For more information,

visit http://www.villageof


Crafting with cameo

6-7:30 p.m. Monday,

Sept. 16, New Lenox Public

Library, 120 Veterans

Parkway. We’ll make a

craft using designs cut by

the Silhouette Cameo electronic

cutter. Registration

required at

Bring it “HOME”

6-10 p.m. Monday,

Sept. 16, Beggar’s Pizza,

650 W. Maple St. Bring it

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Design Workshop Come

enjoy a Girls Night Out and

go home with this wonderful

sign and interchangeable

seasonal designs.

You do it yourself. Paint,

be creative, have fun. At

the end of the night, you

will be able to take home

a wonderful piece that fits

you and your home. This

night will include your

sign and choice of eight

interchangeable seasonal

cutouts. Complimentary

appetizers and soft drinks

included. The cost is $50

and registration can be

done at brownpapertick



Run for their lives 5K

8-9:30 a.m. Saturday,

Sept. 21, New Lenox Village

Commons, 1 Veterans

Parkway. The RFTL 5K’s

mission is to give you real,

tangible ways to take action

against human trafficking.

Your registration

dollars go to increasing investigative

efforts, prevention

methods, and building

awareness. You will also

be a part of an experience

that educates and unites

our communities so everyone

stands together armed

with the knowledge, resources,

and tools to be a

part of the solution. Costs

vary. Register at rftl5k.


LW Class of 1989 30-

year reunion

8 p.m.-midnight, Saturday,

Sept. 21, Trails Edge

Brewing Co., 20 Kansas

St. Frankfort. The Class

of 1989 will be holding a

30-year reunion. This is

an 80’s themed occasion,

dressing 80’s style is highly

encouraged. The cost is

$25 per person advance

purchase, $30.00 at the

door. Alumni can purchase

tickets via Venmo or Pay-

Pal to stacynasr@gmail.

com You can also purchase

tickets directly at Ranch

Frostie, 1259 N. Cedar

Road in New Lenox. Other

LW classes are welcome

to purchase tickets at the

door. Please contact Sheryl

Carter (312) 859-6770 for

more information.

Barks and Brews

Noon-3 p.m Sunday,

Sept. 29, Firefighters

Park, 1 Manor Drive. Unleash

the good times with

your four-legged friends

at the park with vendors,

raffles, dog contests and

more! Join us for some

barks and brews, as we

will have alcoholic drinks

available for purchase.

We are looking for dogrelated

vendors. If you are

interested, please contact

Tracy at

for more


Lincoln-Way High School

50-Year Class Reunion

Saturday, Oct. 12, New

Lenox VFW, 323 Old

Hickory Road. LWHS

class of 1969 will be celebrating

its 50-year reunion.

The cost is $35 per

person and the deadline to

register is Sept. 1. A Friday

night gathering is also being

held at 3 Corners Grill

& Tap, 901 E. Lincoln

Highway. Other LW Central

alumni are welcome at

both events. For more information

contact D. Holm

at (815) 485-9228.


Chess Club

10 a.m. Thursdays, New

Lenox Village Commons,

1 Veterans Parkway, New

Lenox. Group meets at

the tables near the pond

until after noon. Open to

anyone, from beginner to

master, who enjoys playing

chess. For more information,

call (815) 485-


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6-7:30 p.m. First and

third Thursday of every

month, New Lenox Public

Library, 120 Veterans

Parkway, New Lenox.

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third Wednesday of every

month, New Lenox Public

Library, 120 Veterans

Parkway, New Lenox. All

are welcome to discuss his

or her writing with others.

For more information,


Lincoln-Way Toastmasters

7:00 p.m. every first and

third Thursday of each

month, Frankfort Village

Hall, 432 W. Nebraska St.,

Frankfort. This club for

adults ages 18 and older

helps participants overcome

their fear of public

speaking, which in turn

fosters self-confidence

and personal growth. All

are welcome to attend

and/or join. For more information,

call (708) 769-


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13606 W. Laraway

Road, New Lenox. The

Stone City Kennel Club

is to offer all levels of

classes for those looking

to help teach their family

pets how to behave

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taught by experienced instructors.

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Water Lantern Festival brings hope and light to New Lenox

Rochelle McAuliffe

Freelance Reporter

Love. Healing. Peace.

Hope. Connection. Happiness.

This is what the Water

Lantern Festival is about.

The Water Lantern Festival

tours nationwide to

bring the community together

to light the water,

and on Saturday, Sept.

7, Shae Pond at the New

Lenox Village Commons

was aglow. More than

1,500 people joined together

to enjoy music and

share stories and memories

as they decorated their lanterns

and sent them off to

illuminate the night.

The Water Lantern Festival

aims to bring people together

to share in an incredible

experience and create

memories together while

empowering the community.

Throughout the festival

grounds, messages and

words of inspiration were

spread around to further

the evening’s message that

“you are enough.”

The festival’s impact is

environmental, as well,

with the lanterns being

made from wood and rice

paper, and the team cleaning

any trash that may

have previously been in or

around the water, as well.

Additionally, a portion of

ticket proceeds goes to, a nonprofit that

has helped more than 22

million people access safe

water and sanitation.

The festival included

food trucks from the area,

henna artists, contests and

dancing. Throughout the

evening, participants decorated

their lanterns with

personal messages, sayings,

prayers and drawings.

Some lanterns were somber

while others were funny,

and some even promoted

social media accounts.

Adalyn Cour, 7, and

Brooklyn Cour, 5, of Tinley

Park, used the lanterns

to demonstrate their artistic

skills and showcase their

interests. Adalyn listed

her family, even her cousins

whom she misses and

doesn’t often see, while

Brooklyn drew a pumpkin

to represent her excitement

for Halloween. Both girls

had fun decorating their

lanterns, so much so that

they weren’t sure if they

wanted to launch them.

“It’s special that I get to

share my markers with my

sister,” Adalyn said.

A few of the lanterns

showed the diversity of the

community, with people

writing messages in their

native languages, or drawing

flags of their home nations.

Diane Balan and her

5-year-old son Kevin, of

Crest Hill, were some of

those, with her decorating

a panel of her lantern with

the Moldavian flag.

“I’m proud to represent

my culture,” Balan said.

Balan and her son were

excited to be outside on

such a comfortable evening

and were happy to

be spending such valuable

time together.

For Alfredo Cavala, of

Crest Hill, his 85th birthday

was extra special,

thanks to his daughter, Sandra.

After Sandra saw that

her dad had liked the event

on Facebook, she wanted to

take her parents. When she

realized it was on her dad’s

birthday, she knew that she

had to.

“It’s been a really special

day for all of us,” Sandra


“I’m grateful for my

daughter for bringing me






Razhel Buquis (right), 16, of Naperville, decorates her lantern with her mother, Lisa

Saunders, at the festival, Saturday, Sept. 7. photos by Rochelle McAuliffe/22nd

Century Media

here,” Alfredo said. “This

is going to be a beautiful

evening. I’m grateful I can

be here to enjoy my family.”

Before the lantern

launch, people took time

to share the stories of their

lantern. A woman who was

recently celebrating her 11

months of sobriety decorated

a panel of her lantern

to reflect that, and another

with the phrase “don’t

count the days, make the

days count.”

Another piece of advice

during the lantern stories

came from a 6-year-old

named Amelia, who was

mourning the loss of a

loved one. Her lantern was

in memorial of this person,

and she recommended,

“If you lost someone, just

think about them for a minute

every day, and they’ll

be with you.”

Angelica Santiago, of

New Lenox, attended with

husband, Mike Soverino,

and daughters Riley and

Paisley after getting tickets

last minute. While she

didn’t necessarily understand

the festival’s message

before attending, she does

now, and she’s grateful it’s

being said.

“I didn’t really know

what the purpose of this

was, but once I was in and

I saw all the signs, I understood,

and it really means a

lot,” Santiago said. “Being

told that you are enough,

I want my kids to know


As night fell, the program

officially began. After

a moment of silence

to remember those who

attendees have lost, the

emcee led the group in a

few meditative breaths to

relax. After some words of

encouragement, the LED

lights for the lanterns were

turned on, and the group

raised them to light the sky

for a moment before the

first at the shoreline of the

pond began to launch their


As music played, Shae

Pond filled with lanterns

and light. The message sent




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New Lenox man finalist for national award

Sean Hastings, Editor

Dale Taylor, a broker associate

with RE/MAX 10

in New Lenox, has spent

years helping homeless

men in the southside.

Taylor is the site manager

for the shelter at Faith

Lutheran Church, 18645

Dixie Highway, Homewood.

In recent years,

Taylor’s efforts have been

geared toward only men,

but has done previous

work with women and


He began volunteering

around 2005 and has been

the site manager since

2007. The organization

Taylor is a part of is called

South Suburban Public

Action to Deliver Shelter,

— a nonprofit organization

that assists homeless people

in the Chicago southland


Taylor said it is easy

to fill the 6-11 p.m. shift

with volunteers at the

shelter, but the overnight

shift — 11 p.m.-3 a.m.

and 3-7 a.m. are tough.

Taylor has spent nearly

every Monday for over 10

years staying at the shelter


And all of his dedication

to helping the homeless

men in the area has

made him a finalist for the

National Association of

Realtors Good Neighbor

Award. The award honors

Realtors who have made

a positive impact on their

communities through extraordinary

volunteer service.

Taylor serves on the

Board of Directors for

SSPADS, as well as distributing

food, cleaning,

fundraising and all other

responsibilities of the

program at his site. He

has raised over $300,000

since his involvement with

SSPADS began.

Dale Taylor (middle) poses for a photo with SSPADS Philanthropy Manager Rohit D’Souza (right) and SSPADS Board Member Tahtia K. Smalling.

Photo Submitted

The shelter Taylor manages

holds 30-35 people.

When the weather is decent,

the numbers are not

that high, but when but

when it changes is when

they see 30-35 men, he


So how does a Realtor in

New Lenox and a resident

of Frankfort end up volunteering

in a homeless shelter

in Homewood?

It is all about planting

those “good seeds,” he


“The best way I can describe

it is that it is like

a calling,” Taylor said.

“What you give of yourself

— there is an old saying:

‘no good deed goes

unpunished.’ I’ve had my

share of being punished

for the good deeds that I

do. It’s a natural thing that

happens because the people

that come to the shelter,

they are going through

the test and trials of life.

“It has caused me to be

really sensitive to what

they are going through. I

pray a lot and seek divine

guidance. Any good deed

you do, it’s about planting

good seeds. Eventually

those good seeds that are

planted, they will do some

good things.”

In getting the men food

each Monday, Taylor has

approximately five different

food teams that bring

in food every Monday of

the month — one group

specified to each of the

four Mondays. He is hoping

to find a team that will

manage the rare fifth Monday

of some months.

Every Monday — at the

very least — Taylor sees

these men at their worst as

he tries to help them out.

But he has encountered

people in public that he

knew from the shelter and

it is touching, he said.

One man he saw was

a single dad raising his

children who at one point,

were staying in a different

shelter each night.

“I would marvel at him.

He would get those kids

up every morning to go

to school,” Taylor said.

“They went to school and

no one knew that they

were experiencing homelessness.”

And Taylor ran into him

at the DMV in Chicago


“He tells me, ‘guess

what? I finally got an

apartment. My family can

live in one place,’” Taylor

said. “Can you imagine

every night your children

are sleeping in a different

location and you have

to get them up, get them

to school and get them to

function while you’re going

through all these temporary

circumstances. To

keep them encouraged and

hopeful it’s what I call a

divine calling to do that.”

To make more stories

like this happen, Taylor

is always looking to find

fundraising efforts so the

organization can continue

to provide the services

they do.

The organization receives

grants from the

State, but the only issue

with that is the amount of

time they have to wait to

actually receive some of

these large grants. That is

why Taylor tries to find

more sustainable fundraising


That is what makes the

Good Neighbors Award


The top 5 finalists will

each receive $10,000 to

donate to their organization

and the top three

will also receive an extra

$1,250, $1,500 and $2,500,

respectively. The 6-10 vote

getters will receive $2,500

for their contributions to

their organizations.

Voting for the Good

Neighbors award started

Aug. 28 and lasts through

midnight on Sept. 28.

Those who want to vote

can visit

goodneighbor/. The winners

will be announced

Oct. 2.

And for more information

about SSPADS, including

ways to donate

or volunteer, visit sspads.

org/ news

the new lenox patriot | September 12, 2019 | 5

Friends of the NL Public Library

hosting community rummage sale

Sean Hastings, Editor

The Friends of the New

Lenox Public Library are

holding their annual rummage

sale on Saturday,

Sept. 28 in the New Lenox

Village Commons.

The Friends are a volunteer

group that do different

fundraisers and

work to help the library.

The event is slated to

take place from 9 a.m.-

2 p.m. and the Friends

are still looking to fill up

120 spots. It is a chance

for residents to have a

“garage sale” without using

their own garage and

advertising for it themselves.

Susanne Picchi, president

of the Friends of

the New Lenox Public

Library said last year

drew in around 1,000 people.

It is free to attend to

shop, but if residents are

looking to rent a space, it

is $15 per spot and can be

done by filling out an application

at the library, or

online at newlenoxlibrary.

org/rummagesale and

turned in at the circulation

desk at the library.

Applications are due

Saturday, Sept. 21.

If one chooses to be a

seller, they bring their car

in, set up a table with the

items they want to sell and

stay in their assigned spot.

Sellers are to bring their

own tables, chairs and

tents. .

Picchi is excited for this

year’s event especially after

the response from last

year, she said. She enjoys

the location, as well, because

it allows people to

be in one big space, one

like the Commons in particular.

Picchi said it is also a

nice way to clean out their

house. And if people do

not want to bring home

the items they do not sell,

they can leave them and

Morning Star Mission

will pick them up following

the event.

For more information,

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Over 1,000 people show up for Men Who Cook event

Lee Cruz, Freelance Reporter

Leaders representing the

New Lenox community

were among the competitors

who prepared tasty

treats for attendees to sample

at the 11th annual Men

Who Cook event at Chicagoland

Speedway in Joliet

on Saturday, Sept. 7.

The occasion is one of

the marquee fundraising

events in the area each

year, with money generated

to support the Will

County Children’s Advocacy

Center, a charitable

organization spearheaded

by Will County State’s

Attorney Jim Glasgow

that provides services and

advocacy to children who

are victims of sexual abuse

and severe physical abuse.

In addition to generating

funds through competitor

entry fees and attendee

ticket sales, the function

also featured a 50-50 raffle

and a silent auction with

opportunities to bid on

themed baskets of food,

beverage, sports, pet, and

self-care items. The occasion

was also welcoming

to people of almost all

ages, as it included children’s

activities outside

the dining arena.

A crowd of more than

1,000 attendees gathered to

enjoy food from more than

50 amateur and professional

chefs who prepared

items that included main

entrees, side dishes, appetizers,

and desserts, with

products such as meatloaf,

brisket, ribs, pork tenderloin,

salmon, tacos, chili,

gumbo, jambalaya, macaroni

and cheese, cobbler,

cheesecake, cupcakes,

brownies, and fudge.

One of the competitors

included New Lenox

resident Joe Kirkeeng,

President and CEO of First

Secure Bank and Trust

Company, who teamed

with three of his co-workers

to prepare chicken

wings and dry white toast, a

concept based off the meal

that Dan Akroyd and John

Belushi ordered at a diner

in “The Blues Brothers.”

They even suited up as

the characters and had the

movie playing on display

at their booth.

This was the third time

that Kirkeeng participated

in the event as a cooking

competitor, following several

years of stopping by

the occasion as a casual

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He became interested

in joining in the competition

after recognizing that

the cooks were proud of

their dishes but not intense

about attempting to claim

first prize, so the contest

was a spirited yet friendly


“Once you join in on the

participants’ side of things,

it becomes a little bit addicting,”

Kirkeeng said.

“But the big thing is that

it’s for such a great cause.

Jim Glasgow’s vision with

what he’s put together

here with his leadership,

it’s just a really easy thing

to want to get behind and

want to support.”

In addition to appreciating

the cause the event

supports, he also enjoys

being involved with the

function because of its

festive atmosphere and

its social element, be it

networking with some of

the regular competitors

or mingling with some of

the local attendees he has

known for many years —

some of whom he rarely or

never crosses paths with

outside of the event.

Kirkeeng feels that the

event has continued to

grow in popularity through

the years because there

have been adjustments and

additions made to keep it


“The people who are

running the event have

done a really good job at

trying to find something

a little bit different to add

to it every year, like taking

it to the garages of the

Chicagoland Speedway,”

he said. “And then you

walk outside, and you’re

looking at this pretty cool

racing coliseum. There’s

also music and a lot of

good food — some of

these guys really put their

Posing for a photo at the Men Who Cook event are Peter Martin and Tracy Simons of

Silver Cross Hospital. Lee Cruz/22nd Century Media

heart and soul into making

something. It’s really

turned into this multisensory,

multifaceted type of

event rather than just simply

making a lap around a

building and eating some


Peter Martin, Sous Chef

at New Lenox-based Silver

Cross Hospital, was

on hand to serve up lobster

rolls. At his side to assist

with the hospitality was

Tracy Simons, executive

director of the Silver Cross

Foundation, who offered

acclaim for the event.

“The Children’s Advocacy

Center is such a

worthwhile cause, and I

think people love to come

out and support the community,”

Simons said.

“And there’s a lot of delicious

food here tonight,

so I don’t see why you

wouldn’t want to be here.”

Silver Cross Hospital

and the Will County Children’s

Advocacy Center

have been linked together

ever since the center’s inception

in 1995, and Silver

Cross President and

CEO Ruth Colby currently

serves on the center’s

Board of Directors.

Simons spoke reverently

about that relationship.

“The first Children’s

Advocacy Center office

was on Silver Cross’ campus

in Joliet, so we’ve

been a supporter of them

a long time, since its existence,”

Simons said. “We

work a lot with the agency

because of some of the

children who come into

our ER, so it’s kind of an

extension of what Silver

Cross does. We’re proud

to be a partner with them.”

As the event has grown

over the past decade from

300 attendees to more

than 1,000, it has needed

to change locations to accommodate

more people

in the facility and more

parking outside of it.

That is a challenge that

Jim Glasgow has welcomed,

as the event has

continually drawn interest

that has exceeded his initial

expectations of it.

He remarked that many

people attend the function

not only due to all the savory

food samples available,

but also because of

the cause they are supporting.

“When you breach the

trust of a child, I don’t

know that there’s a more

heinous crime, and people

understand that,” Glasgow

said. “Children deserve

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New Veterans Memorial Walkway coming to American Legion

Sean Hastings, Editor

By the middle of October,

Thomas E. Hartung

American Legion Post

1977 Commander Dan

Drzymalla, hopes to have

a walkway near the current

flag poles that honors

veterans and also provides

a little history lesson for

people who walk it.

“The main thing is to

honor, first off New Lenox

and then all veterans and

make it educational,”

Drzymalla said.

As one walks to the left

around the Veterans Memorial

Walkway, which

is being put together by

Drzymalla and other members

of the American Legion,

they will first see a

podium-like structure that

lists the names of all New

Lenox veterans that lost

their lives in battle.

At the bottom of the

list it will read “Home of

Proud Americans.”

Drzymalla said it is perfect

to incorporate the Village

of New Lenox into it

as well.

As one continues their

walk, the next structure

they will notice is an engraved

stone for each

branch of the military and

the year they started. There

will also be a stone that

lists all of the conflicts that

the United States has been

involved in.

“You learn about the

Village of New Lenox

residents and the ones that

gave their lives,” Drzymalla


And once someone gets

to the bottom of the walkway

(near the tank), they

will walk up on a newly

donated Soldier’s Cross

from the Abraham Lincoln

National Cemetery. The

walk up to the Solider’s

Cross will be a new path

made of gray stones and

gray rocks.

A Soldier’s Cross is

used to honor and respect

the dead at a battle

site. The practice started

around the time of the

Civil War, as a means of

identifying the bodies on

the battleground before


Drzymalla also liked the

idea of putting benches

near the Soldier’s Cross

under the tree for people

to reflect where they are

away from the noise of the

road and front of the Legion.

The walkway comes

back toward the tank and

up back toward the parking

lot for people to finish

the complete walk.

The current names of

New Lenox veterans on

the bricks will stay where

they are and as people

walk back to the beginning,

there will be a marker,

shaped like a bean bag

board, honoring the 6,749

prisoners of war missing

in action that are still out


The flag pole setup is

already visibly appealing,

so Drzymalla did not

want to “stack things on

top of one another” where

it takes away the meaning

of each piece, making a

walkway the best way to

do it.

Right after the prisoners

of war marker, there will

be one for the nine major

wars and the numbers of

deaths in them.

Another outcome Drzymalla

hopes to possibly

have is the space be used

for a history class at the

local schools. The walk is

unbiased and has no “hidden

agendas,” he said. It

will also not be used as a

recruitment tactic to get

students interested in the


“They come and actually

see it,” Drzymalla said.

The early stages of construction were underway Sept. 4.

“The really cool thing is

if you if you choose to

look down and read every

single brick, you kind of

get an idea [of how many

people from New Lenox

fought], it’s not like there’s

a military base around

here. Just looking down,

those are all local people.

Over 180 bricks of people.

There’s eight bricks in a

row of a family, too.”

Drzymalla also wants

to get local businesses

involved. If businesses

would like to donate, they

can and the Legion will

say ‘thank you’ by dedicating

a brick on the edge of

the walkway to them. To

donate toward the cost of

walkway, businesses can

call the Legion or stop in.

“Every single penny

[goes toward the project],

the post isn’t making any

money,” he said. “Every

penny raised is going

straight into this. There’s

only about 100 bricks.

They’re not buying the

brick, sticker or certificate.

We donate the brick to

them as a thank you.”

He also said if any landscaper

or someone is interested

in lending a helping

hand, he would be happy

for the help.

“In the Commons, they

have the stones [and those

are great], but other than

that there is not a whole lot

in town,” Drzymalla said.

“We have an awesome

start with the tank. We’re

building on that to make it

even better.”

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for the Veterans Memorial Walkway at the American

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ForeverU debuting ‘Remember Me’ walk in New Lenox

Sean Hastings, Editor

ForeverU’s “Remember

Me” walk on Saturday,

Sept. 21 in the New Lenox

Village Commons, 1 Veterans

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community walk to remember

children who lost

their lives too early.

ForeverU is a 501(c)(3)

youth development organization

that is empowering

youth to overcome adversity

through personal development

programs that

equip them to face life’s

greatest challenges and obstacles.

Ryan Hesslau, founder

and executive director

of ForeverU, and former

Lincoln-Way East student,

said the catalyst for the

walk came from wanting

to create a place where

families can come together

to remember and celebrate

the lives of the children

they, or other people have

lost. His motivation to start

ForeverU came when he

researched stories of students

his age when he was

in high school who had

commit suicide. He wanted

to be able find a solution

to ensure the youth who

were struggling had the resilience

to keep living, the

website states.

“Through our time we

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Ryan Hesslau, founder and president of ForeverU, speaks at a ForeverU event.

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have worked a lot with

families that have lost their

child whether it was suicide,

a sickness or a tragic

accident,” Hesslau said.

“One of my questions has

been ‘what can we do as a

community to support you

and what kind of way can

we find a level of purpose?’

The walk is also a way

for ForeverU to spread

awareness of local resources

to the youth and


“We can create a space

and see the support I think

it is a really powerful

thing,” Hesslau said. “My

vision is to create a space

where we as a community,

whether we lost one or not,

can lean in together. That is

really the mission behind

this. It is really tough stuff.

Nowadays we need those

frequent opportunities to

lean in together.”

The walk is free, though

sign up is encouraged prior,

but can be done the day

of. Donations of $5 or $10

would also be appreciated,

but not required. When

people sign up online, or

in person, they have the

option to give the name

of the person they will be

walking for and if they are

comfortable with the name

being recognized at the

walk. It is not required to

give a name.

Hesslau said he and his

team are not sure how the

names will be recognized,

but is looking to find a

unique way to do so.

Hesslau understands the

sensitivity of the topic and

that people may be in different

stages of their grief,

but encourages people to

come out if they are up

for it, as it can be a way

to show parents who lost

a child that they are not


“We encourage them

to be part of this moving

event,” Hesslau said. “We

don’t know what is going

to happen. There might be

20 people, or there could

be hundreds. We can remind

families there are

people out there that want

to help. People need people

is what we believe. But if

you think it is too much for

you just know that there is

a community thinking of

If you’re going

Saturday, Sept. 21,

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6 p.m.- Opening


6:15 p.m.- Walk begins

7 p.m.- Walk concludes

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Hesslau also noted that

ForeverU is not a medical

professional group, but are

able to make people feel


Another reason what

made New Lenox the

perfect spot to debut the

‘Remember Me’ walk,

which Hesslau hopes can

turn into a annual event, is

ForeverU’s plans to open a

community empowerment

center in New Lenox.

“This walk can be a

place to bring people together

and also bring attention

to our programs for

grades 7-12 students,” he

said. “And we can ignite

a new conversation with

what our vision is to the

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M&M Acres wins grant for

its work in helping horses


founded by New

Lenox woman

Lee Cruz, Freelance Reporter

M&M Acres NFP of

nearby Manhattan recently

earned a $5,000 grant

through the ASPCA’s Help

a Horse Home Challenge.

The competition is nationwide,

with grants awarded

to those programs that

adopt out the greatest number

of abused, neglected, or

homeless horses into safe

homes. M&M was ranked

sixth of the 170 competitors

that participated in

this year’s challenge. The

organization is led by its

Founder and Executive

Director, Megan Maher, of

New Lenox.

M&M Acres is dedicated

to rescuing horses from kill

pens that are intended to be

used as slaughter houses for

horse meat to be shipped to

other countries.

M&M is exclusively

comprised of a group of

volunteers who are passionate

about the welfare

of animals. Board Member

Karen Nitz shared a common

sentiment that the

volunteers have about their


“You could be having the

crummiest day ever, and

the moment you get out

here everything goes away

and everything’s better,”

she said. “Some of these

animals come to us from

horrible situations, and

sometimes they’re generally

fearful of people. It’s

rewarding to see how they

overcome that fear by us

giving them their space for

a while to just be a horse

or whatever animal they

are. It’s wonderful to watch

their transformation.”

Megan Maher is enthused

about M&M Acres

being awarded the grant,

which she notes will especially

benefit the organization

in its efforts throughout

the winter season. In

addition to receiving the

grant, Maher was invited to

a meeting with the ASPCA,

legislators, and political

representatives from Washington,

D.C., to discuss

bills and laws on animal


Although M&M relocated

from Lockport to

Manhattan a couple months

ago, the City of Lockport

recently notified the organization

that it will receive

one of this year’s “Best of

Lockport” Awards.

With a group of a couple

dozen volunteers present

for a recent celebration,

Maher expressed deep gratitude

for their contributions

to M&M Acres and helping

it to gain such positive recognition.

“You all know this is

something that one person

cannot do alone,” she said.

“It’s literally every one of

you who puts in a little bit

of time and a little bit of

effort that turns this into

something really big. It’s

been a rollercoaster ride

the last few years, but I feel

like big things are happening

and we’re going to be

saving a lot more animals

in the near future.”

She noted that much of

the public is unaware of the

number of horses who are

sent to slaughter, and that

there is a lack of laws that

protect animals.

“Humans can talk, animals

can’t,” Maher said. “If

Posing for a photo (left to right) are May Barton, Celia

Porod, Megan Maher, Karen Nitz and Jane Paliakas in

front of the winner sign. Lee Cruz/22nd Century Media

we don’t stand up for those

without a voice, who will? “

She also stated that some

people take ownership of

horses without realizing the

expenses or effort they will

incur in raising them, and

then deal with those issues

by resorting to behaviors

such as starving or abusing


As a charitable organization,

M&M Acres relies

heavily on fundraising efforts

and donors to finance

its efforts. So, its finances

are somewhat unpredictable,

and it is difficult to

conduct long-term monetary

planning. She also

remarked that there is an

intangible challenge that

affects M&M’s volunteers.

Nevertheless, Maher

feels that the rewards of

volunteering at M&M

Acres are immense.

“I think that the animals

heal us more than we heal

them,” Maher said. “You

see these animals when

they come in, and they’re

sick, they’ve been abused,

and they’re not trusting of

people. Then you’re working

with them every day

and forming bonds with

them, and you see their

eyes change — it’s incredible.

Senior healthy aging fair being offered to residents

Sean Hastings, Editor

The first time a senior

falls, it can take a much

greater toll on their body,

making it harder to recover.

That is why the Village

of New Lenox and the

New Lenox Safe Communities

America Coalition

is holding an event

to hopefully have seniors

avoid that fall.

The “One Fall Can

Change it All” event is

slated for 9-11:30 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 19 at the

New Lenox VFW Post

9545, 323 Old Hickory


“If we can prevent that

injury from ever happening

that is what our goal

is,” Safe Community

Coordinator Dan Martin

said. “A lot of times in the

matter of balance class we

see that they are people in

the class 10 years too late.

I wish that more people

would start thinking about

it before they start to get

older and learn these

things earlier.”

The event is free and

primarily geared toward

people 55 and older.

It will include over

20 different organizations

to teach seniors safety


Seniors will be able to

take advantage of free

balance screenings, flu

and pneumonia shots,

blood pressure checks,

medication reviews, hearing

screenings and other

information about a variety

of services for seniors

will be available.

Seniors will also have

a chance to win different

prizes from the organizations.

For the first time, there

will be a guest speaker.

Yvette Johnson, psychiatric

mental health nurse

practitioner at UChicago

Medicine at Ingalls Memorial

will give a presentation

called “transitioning

thru life.”

As most of these events

do, they are all geared toward

trying to build off of

one another. One of the

organizations, A.A.R.P

will be there, and will be

able to provide information

about their smart

driver course that the Safe

Communities is organizing.

Martin also hopes that

this event can push people

to getting into the matter

of balance the village offers.

Signup is not necessary

for the event.


• A.A.R.P.

• Alzheimer’s

Association of Illinois

• American Red Cross

• Crisis Line of Will


• Cruise Planners

• Illinois Secretary of


• JointPro Physical


• New Lenox

Community Park District

• New Lenox Fire

Protection District

• New Lenox Horizon

Senior Community

• New Lenox Lions Club

• New Lenox Public


• New Lenox Safe


• New Lenox Township/


• Oak Orthopedics

• Osco Pharmacy

• Senior Services of

Will County

• Reclaim Fitness

• Silver Cross Hospital

• Tai Chi / Wayne


• UChicago Medicine @

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Police Reports

Woman charged with criminal trespassing day after being fired

Amari C. Fears, 20, 1709

Brighton Lane, Plainfield,

was charged with criminal

trespass to property on

Aug. 28. An officer was dispatched

to Michael’s Distribution

Warehouse, 2400

W. Haven Ave. in reference

to a trespassing complaint.

NLPD had reportedly been

to the location Aug. 27

due to an unruly employee

who had been terminated.

The employee, Fears, was

advised at the time of the

termination that she was

no longer welcome on the

Michael’s property. A few

hours later, she reportedly

returned to the warehouse

and caused a disturbance

with another employee.

Fears left the scene prior to

the officer’s arrival. Police

said the officer contacted

Fears by phone and she

turned herself in.

Aug. 31

• A resident in the 2000

block of Viewside Drive

reportedly had their identity

stolen. The complainant

advised that someone

obtained their credit card

information and made

fraudulent purchases.

• A resident in the 1500

block of Fernwood Terrace

reportedly had their identity

stolen. The complainant

advised that someone

obtained their credit card

information and made

fraudulent purchases.

• An officer was dispatched

to Circle K Gas Station,

471 Nelson Road, in reference

to an unoccupied

vehicle parked there for

several days. The officer arrived

and ran a registration

check on the vehicle and

learned that the vehicle was

reported stolen out of Saint

Leon, Indiana. The vehicle

was towed from the scene.

• Phillip Cullom, 43, 10413

Albany A. Ave., Chicago,

was charged with DUI. Police

said an officer was on

patrol and observed at subject

passed out at the wheel

at the Circle K Gas Station,

471 Nelson Road. The officer

reportedly attempted

to wake the driver but was

unsuccessful and the New

Lenox Fire Department

was called to the scene and

the driver, Cullom, was

awakened. While investigating

Cullom’s health, the

officer learned that he was

operating the vehicle while

intoxicated, police said.

• An officer was dispatched

to the 7-Eleven in reference

to a fraud complaint.

Police said the complainant

advised that they received

a call from a subject who

claimed to be the CEO of

7-Eleven. The caller reportedly

convinced the complainant

to wire money to

cover work related fees.

The complainant sent the

money and learned that

they had been scammed.

Aug. 30

Jessica D. McGrew, 27,

1104 Elgin Ave., Joliet, was

charged with retail theft.

An officer met with the

complainant who advised

that McGrew stole over

$300 worth of clothing and

alcohol from the store. The

property was reportedly

recovered from McGrew’s

vehicle. Police said Mc-

Grew had previously been

banned from Walmart and

was subsequently charged

with criminal trespassing

as well.

• A resident in the 1000

block of Coyote Trail reportedly

had their identity

stolen. The complainant

advised that someone obtained

their credit card information

and attempted

fraudulent purchases.

• A resident in the 700

block of Turtledove Lane

reportedly had their identity

stolen. The complainant

advised that someone

obtained their personal and

credit card information and

attempted fraudulent purchases.

Aug. 29

• A resident in the 2000

block of Stapleton Road reportedly

had someone obtain

one of their checks and

write a fraudulent check on

their checking account.

Aug. 28

• Someone reportedly stole

$560 worth of Rogaine

from CVS Pharmacy, 2050

Nelson Road.

• A resident in the 800 block

of Wren Court reportedly

had their vehicle entered

while it was parked in the

driveway overnight. Someone

reportedly entered the

vehicle and rummaged

through their belongings,

but nothing appeared to be

missing. Police said there

were no signs of forced entry

to the vehicle.

Aug. 27

• Someone reportedly stole

$636 worth of over the

counter medications from

CVS Pharmacy, 115 E.

Lincoln Highway.

• Someone reportedly stole

$250 worth of music albums

from Walmart, 501

E. Lincoln Highway.

Aug. 26

• A resident in the in the

2100 block of Sanford Ave.

reportedly received a motion

alert from their video/

security camera system

and reviewed the video and

saw subjects approach their

parked vehicle. The subjects

reportedly pulled the

door handle upon finding

the vehicle to be locked,

went back to their car and

left the residence. The complainant’s

vehicle was not


• An officer was dispatched

to Providence Catholic

High School in reference

to a deceptive practice

complaint. Police said the

complainant advised that a

school wrote a check to a

company for services and

sent the check in the mail.

The company reportedly

never received the check

and it was intercepted by

an unknown person and

fraudulently altered and

made payable to an unknown


• A resident in the 2800

block of Joela Drive reportedly

had their debit

card information stolen by

someone who then made

fraudulent purchases.

• A resident in the 1600

block of Carlton Court

reportedly had their vehicle

entered while it was

parked in their driveway

overnight. Nothing appeared

to be missing from

the vehicle and there were

no signs of forced entry,

police said.

• A resident in the 2900

block of Gifford Place reportedly

had their vehicle

entered while it was parked

in their driveway overnight.

Police said a wallet

containing cash and credit

cards were stolen. There

were no signs of forced entry,

police said.


Lenox Patriot’s Police Reports

are compiled from official

reports found online on the

New Lenox Police Department’s

website or releases

issued by the department and

other agencies. Anyone listed

in these reports is considered

to be innocent of all charges

until proven guilty in a court

of law.

Two guns stolen in separate car burglaries in New Lenox

Sean Hastings, Editor

A rifle, accessories and

ammunition were stolen in

a car burglary in the 2300

block of Jackson Branch

Drive on Aug. 26. Police

responded to the resident’s

complaint, who said they

went outside and found

their car doors ajar and a

rifle missing from the vehicle.

There were other incidents

reported in the area

around the same time. The

report was taken around

11:40 a.m.

Two days later on

Wednesday, Aug. 28, police

responded to a home

on Water Chase Drive in

another burglary to a motor

vehicle complaint at

around 11:42 a.m.. The

complainant advised that

their garage door was mistakenly

left open overnight

and a handgun was stolen

from inside their unlocked


The New Lenox Police

Department was at the

residence at approximately

10:50 p.m. the night before

attempting to notify

the resident that their garage

was open. Police said

the officer requested that

dispatch contact the resident

by phone but got no


Police said the complainant

reviewed their

security tape and saw multiple

subjects enter their

garage at 1:09 a.m.

Police are still investigating

the incidents.

“We urge everyone to

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D135 officials could

be nearing residency

investigation decision

The Orland School District

135 Board of Education

could decide how the

district will handle future

residency investigations

at its next meeting, set for

Monday, Sept. 16.

The Policy and Personnel

Board Advisory Committee,

which reports to the

full board during Committee

of the Whole meetings,

reviewed information on

three residency investigation

firms during its meeting

Aug. 26, according to

Suzanne Owens, the district’s

director of human


The committee examined

the firm’s processes

and pricing, and discussed

the possibility of paying

such a firm on an as-needed

basis, said Owens, who

also serves on the committee.

The committee is

to present this information

to the full School Board,

which in turn could vote on

how to proceed.

D135, which has more

than 5,000 students, employed

a full-time residency

investigator from

July 2017 until June of this

year, when the individual

resigned, John Bryk, the

district’s interim superintendent,

previously told

The Orland Park Prairie.

The district disenrolled 20

nonresident students during

that time. Numerous neighboring

districts employ investigators,

too, he said.

“Nonresident students

enrolled in our district take

educational and extracurricular

services and opportunities

away from district

residents who pay property

taxes,” Bryk then told the


D135 schools are currently

handling residency

investigations on an individual

basis, receiving

administrative assistance

when needed, Owens said.

Reporting by Will O’Brien,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit


Man charged with sexually

assaulting a minor

A 38-year-old man was

arrested after allegedly

sexually assaulting a minor

with whom police said

he was residing in Tinley


Philip M. Connolly was

charged with predatory

criminal sexual assault of a

minor on Aug. 29, according

to a press release issued

the morning of Sept. 3 by

the Village of Tinley Park.

Tinley Park Police Chief

Matthew Walsh said the

contact between the offender

and victim took place at

the Tinley Park residence,

but he did not answer questions

about the victim’s age

or gender, whether the contact

was a single instance

or multiple, and what the

nature of that contact was.

Police said the arrest

marked the conclusion of

a three-week investigation.

Walsh noted the mother of

the victim originally reported

the incident to police.

Connolly reportedly is

being held at the Cook

County Department of Corrections

without bond. His

next court date is scheduled

for Sept. 26.

Reporting by Bill Jones,

Managing Editor. For more,



Drink a beer, help support

law enforcement family

Police officers do not

often encourage people to

chug-a-lug, unless those

people are doing so in a responsible


And that is exactly what

scores of patrons at Tribes

Beer Company and Taproom

did on Sept. 4, as

Tribes unveiled its latest

libation, 5-0 Copper Lager.

For every pint sold in

September, $1 will be donated

to the 100 Club of

Will County, a nonprofit

organization that has a mission

to “[support] families

of firefighters, policemen

and emergency responders

whose loved ones dedicated

themselves by duty and

service to our community

and by making the ultimate


“We’ve always been big

supporters of law enforcement,

and since they’re our

neighbors, literally, on this

side of the street, a couple

of the guys from Mokena

Police started chatting with

me, and we decided we

should do a collaboration

beer,” Tribes owner Niall

Freyne said . “The brewers

wanted to do one, anyway,

so it was always on our


Several police officers

and firemen spent a full day

with the brewers, perfecting

the beer.

“It’s a copper-colored

amber lager,” Freyne said.

“It’s 5.0 [percent] alcohol

[by volume]. So, it’s obviously

named after ‘Hawaii

5-0,’ it’s 5.0 and copper, so

it worked from both ends.”

Kegs will also be distributed

to several Mokenaarea

establishments where

adult beverages are sold.

Reporting by T.J. Kremer III,

Editor. For more, visit Moke


Assisted living facility to

come to Frankfort

Frankfort is on track to

get its first assisted living

facility after the Frankfort

Village Board gave the

green light Sept. 3 to proceed

with the project.

Cedarhurst of Frankfort

Assisted Living and Memory

Care is to be constructed

on Wolf Road, south of

the Prairie Crossing Shopping

Center and north of

the Old Plank Road Trail.

The 72,930-square foot

project includes 83 total

units, divided into 56 assisted

living units and 27

memory care units, all in a

single-story building.

“We do find that our

residents prefer the onestory,

just for the ease of

getting to and from their

apartments, and the layout

works well for us,” said

Tina Charleville, a development

manager for applicant

Dover Development


Charleville added the

company plans to start construction

on the project as

soon as possible.

Frankfort Mayor Jim

Holland said he thought

the facility would be “very

good” for the Frankfort

community and provide

more options for local families.

“It’s a project that many

residents have told me they

wanted,” he said. “They

have had to take their parents

and move them out of

town to another community,

and now they won’t

have to. We will have a

place for people to go for

assisted care when that

time comes, and it not only

has the assisted care but

memory units, which are

important to families in

Frankfort. We look at it as a

high-quality development.”

Reporting by Nuria Mathog,

Editor. For more, visit Frank


Local church gives back

with fun annual event

With an aim to bring the

community together, Cross

of Glory Lutheran Church

in Homer Glen is preparing

for its fourth Free Fall Fest

on Sept. 14.

“You can get everything

here without spending any

money,” the Rev. Dana

O’Brien said. “This is our

way of thanking the community

for supporting us

over the years.”

As attendees start arriving

at 2 p.m., they can play

games, participate in fun

crafts or even enjoy a delicious

bite from one of the

local vendors while enjoying

the music.

“It is great to see people

come together and enjoy

this event so much,”

O’Brien said. “There is no

better way of doing God’s

work than giving joy to

people. It is truly an act of


At its inception, the Fall

Fest was a celebration to

commemorate the opening

of the church. B it

soon turned into an event

at which the whole family

could have access to free

things, O’Brien said.

While most of the popular

attractions from the

previous years will make

an appearance again, this

year’s event will see residents

come together to help

those in need.

Those willing to donate

can bring canned goods,

which will be transported

to a local food pantry.

Reporting by Abhinanda

Datta, Assistant Editor. For

more, visit HomerHorizon.



LTHS student attends

prestigious Women in

Engineering program at

Michigan Tech

Lockport Township

High School junior Hailey

O’Sullivan likes numbers.

They just make sense to


What is not coming as

easily is how her affinity

for math and numbers will

translate into a prosperous

career path.

Luckily for her, she was

recently accepted into

Michigan Technological

University’s summer

Women in Engineering

program, at which she explored

her opportunities.

The 16-year-old from

Lockport was among more

than 140 high school women

from 10 U.S. states, Argentina,

Germany and Bahrain

who were accepted

into the program, which

took place from July 28

to Aug. 3 at the campus in

Houghton, Michigan.The

WIE program is a part

of the university’s summer

youth programs and

is available to students in

grades 9-11, according to

the university’s website.

The weeklong program offers

young women handson

experience in engineering

disciplines including

biomedical, civil, computer

and mechanical.

“Women in Engineering

provides a unique college

experience for high-schoolers

and allows them to explore

what their interests

are and get a taste of what

the different engineering

fields have to offer,” Lauren

Kirwin, coordinator at

Michigan Tech’s Center

for Pre-College Outreach,

wrote in an email.

Hailey and her parents,

Lockport residents Carrie

and Mike O’Sullivan,

learned of the program

when a brochure was sent

to their home. Carrie said

she was happy her daughter

was interested in a camp

that would help her home

in on a future college program.

Reporting by Amanda Del

Buono, Freelance Reporter.

For more, visit LockportLeg

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Keep an eye out for Veterans

Memorial Walkway at the Legion

Sean Hastings

As I talked with

Dan Drzymalla,

Thomas E. Hartung

American Legion Post

1977 commander, about

the new Veterans Memorial

Walkway he and

other Legion members are

constructing, he walked

me through each part of it,

pointing out where each

structure is going to go.

Each part of it is being

carefully mapped out with

sizes and the different

materials that will be used

so it doesn’t become too

clustered. Up until a little

over one week ago, all that

was there was the concrete

area under the flagpoles

with two benches underneath.

The walkway is not

meant to have any hidden

political agendas — its

only purpose is to honor

the veterans from New

Lenox, first off, but also

honor all veterans. Everything

in the walkway is

factual and even Drzymalla

has learned some stuff

along the way.

New Lenox is the

“Home of Proud Americans,”

and Drzymalla

is excited to be able to

incorporate that slogan into

the walkway.

And with its purpose

of honoring veterans and

being educational, when

Drzymalla suggested that

it may be a cool place for

an eighth grade history

class to visit for a day, I

was in agreement. Not to

take away from learning

in a classroom, but I think

seeing all the names of our

local veterans who fought

and lost their lives, seeing

different plaques to honor

the veterans, would carry a

much greater impact than

textbook writing.

That goes for anyone

— not just students in a

history class. As you walk

that new path, you will be

forced to look down and

read the names. You’ll

see strings of families as

you walk who were New

Lenox residents. And

another thing that makes

it special, Drzymalla said,

is that anyone can get a

brick for a family member

who fought and have it

engraved and put in the


Of course it is beneficial



to have a full-blown history

lesson, but seeing things

in person, or learning about

the people who walked

the streets in our town —

however many years ago

it may be — is better. The

walkway teaches about the

local veterans, each branch

of the military, explains

what a Solider’s Cross is

and more.

As I made the walk on

Thursday, Sept. 5, even

while everything was torn

up and in the process of

being built, I pictured what

the walkway would look


It’s an expensive project,

but generous donations of

equipment use from Altorfer

CAT Rentals helped get

the ball rolling. And local

businesses are welcome to

donate as well and have a

brick placed in the walkway

to say thank you.

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New Lenox teen to star in ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’ Page 21

(Left to right) Mandy Barry, of Evergreen Park, plays Audrey;

Rick Zwart, of Homer Glen, plays Orin Scrivello; Geoffrey Purvis,

of Homewood, plays Seymour Krelborn; and Ken Czechanski,

of Frankfort, plays Mr. Mushnik during a Sept. 3 rehearsal for

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Intro to New Life

Church staff offers a

one-day Intro to New Life

workshop, which will pro-

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Revolution Church (24520 South U.S.

Highway 52, Manhattan)

More Faith Less Fret Study

6:30 p.m. Mondays.

Held at the house of a

parishioner. Contact the

church for more information

at (815) 418-6555.


10 a.m. Sundays,

United Methodist Church of New Lenox

(339 W. Haven Ave, New Lenox)

Contemporary Worship


5 p.m. Sundays. A light

dinner is served after the


Art Sale at Methodist


6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept.

13, lower level of the

church, 339 W. Haven

Ave. We will be offering

a selection of quality,

beautifully framed artwork

for sale. Visitors should

use west side lower level

entrance. Prints and oils

are of landscapes, seaside,

barns, etc. The sale

is open to the public and

all proceeds will help support

church ministries. For

more information, call

(815) 485-8271.

The Artist’s Way Study


7 p.m. Sunday evenings

Sept. 8-Nov. 24. This fall,

Pastor Matthew and Bridget

Stefanelli will lead The

Artist’s Way: a Spiritual

Path to Higher Creativty, a

12-week course in discovering

and recovering your

creative self, using the

principles and guidelines

articulated in the book by

Julia Cameron. Everyone

welcomed. All you need

to participate is a copy of

The Artists’s Way, a blank

journal and your favorite

writing instrument. Email to

reserve your space. For

more information call

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The Life in the Spirit

Prayer Group

The Life In the Spirit

Prayer Group meets on

Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7

p.m. Deacon John Freund

will be providing and introduction

to the Life in

the Spirit Seminar. Please

join us for this informative

night that will lead us into

a journey into a Life in the

Spirit. For more information,

contact John or Mary

Kocourek at (815) 557-

8990 or (815) 557-8274.

St. Jude Elizabeth Ministry

Remembrance Service

3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29

at St. Jude Church. The

community is invited to

gather for a prayer service

to honor all the beautiful

souls of children now

in heaven. We are all impacted

when there is a loss

of life. We join together to

celebrate how the love of

a little child continues to

shine in us today. For more

information, visit stjudes.

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Expectant Mother’s


11 a.m.- Noon, every

second Sunday of the


Eucharistic Adoration

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

of the month.

Lincoln-Way Christian Church (690 E.

Illinois Highway, New Lenox)

Worship Services

9 and 10:30 a.m. Sundays.

Grandparents Raising


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

fourth Thursday of each

month. Are you a grandmother/grandfather/aunt/

uncle or other relative age

55 or older raising a child

in place of their parents?

This support group will

assist with social and emotional

support and ideas

to help you cope with the

impact of this role on your

health, emotional wellbeing,

finances, and family.

Social skills groups are

also provided for children

ages 3-12 with a reservation.

To reserve a spot, call

Kimberley Tarcak at the

Senior Services Center of

Will County at (815) 740-


Central Presbyterian Church (1101 S.

Gougar Road, New Lenox)

Church Service

10:30 Sundays. For

more information, call the

church at (815) 485-5152.

Trinity Lutheran Church (508 N. Cedar

Road, New Lenox)


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

and 10:30 a.m. Sundays.

Teen Catechesis

6 p.m. Wednesdays

Christ Mission Church (22811 S. Cedar

Road, New Lenox)

Celebrate Recovery

7-9 p.m. every Tuesday.

For anyone struggling with

hurts, habits, or hang-ups.

For more information, call

Deb at (708) 516-6318.

St. John Orthodox Chapel (112 Church

Street, New Lenox)

Sunday Services

10 a.m. Sundays. After

the service is Introduction

to Orthodoxy. Refreshments

served, Seekers

are welcome. Visit

or call

(630) 638-9462

New Life Church (500 Gougar Road, New


Worship Services

10 a.m. Sundays. For

more information, call

(815) 462-0202.

Please see faith, 21 life & arts

the new lenox patriot | September 12, 2019 | 21

NL teen stars in upcoming Curtain Call production

T.J. Kremer III

Contributing Editor

“Feed me, Seymour.”

Those chilling words

from perhaps the most

iconic, man-eating space

plant in the history of theatre

will soon be heard on

the stage of Mokena’s Curtain

Call Theatre, as it prepares

to debut “Little Shop

of Horrors” in eight performances

spanning from

Sept. 26 to Oct. 6.

It’s been a long time

coming, but Director Mark

Frost said now the stars finally

aligned to bring the

cult classic to Mokena.

“I’m on the board and I

also wanted to direct the

show for a long time,”

Frost said. “And we finally

got to a point, quite honestly,

where we were able

to find the plant rentals at

an affordable price.”

Frost said that Curtain

Call was able to find a

place in Michigan that was

willing to rent out the puppet

plants — named Audrey

II in the production

and played by New Lenox

resident Ben Radeke —

as well as an old dentist’s


“He’s very grungy

and very gospel-souly,

and creepy up to a point

where it’s funny,” Radeke,

a 17-year-old student at

Lincoln-Way West High

School, said of his role as

Audrey II.

The plant, owned by the

character Seymour Krelborn,

winds up in Mushnik’s

Flower Shop just as

Mr. Mushnik is about to

give up all hope and close

the shop’s doors.

Ken Czechanski, of

Frankfort, plays the downtrodden

Mr. Mushnik.

Czechanski said that his

character’s view of the

world is indicative of the

overall feelings of the

rest of the characters who

are all trying to make

their way to the American

dream, but ultimately end

up sacrificing too much to

get there.

“From my perspective,

I think [Mr. Mushnik] is

(Left to right) Geoffrey Purvis (Seymour Krelborn), of Homewood, rehearses a scene

from “Little Shop of Horrors” with Lara Heritage (Ronnette), of Hobart, Indiana;

Amanda Mascarello (Crystal), of Mokena; and Jamie McGuffage (Chiffon), of Tinley

Park, at Curtain Call Theatre Sept. 3. T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media

very jaded because he’s

been around long enough

to see all this happen,”

Czechanski said. “I just assume

he’s always been on

the losing end of things. I

think he takes everything

with a huge grain of salt;

he doesn’t think anything’s

going to work. But, once

he gets that taste of it, he’s

so desperate to hang onto

it — the whole show everyone

is manipulating

everyone in the show. The

plant, Mr. Mushnik, Seymour,

everyone is pushing

their own agenda. Musnik

does it with aplomb. He

pushes pretty hard, and

bad things happen.”

Serving as a sort of

Greek Chorus throughout

the show are a trio of characters:

Ronette, Chiffon

and Crystal.

Amanda Mascarello, of

Mokena, plays Crystal,

one of the trio of the sort

of Greek Chorus in the

show. Mascarello said that

the trio are often looked

upon by the other denizens

of Skid Row as the sea urchins

of the town.

“I see them as the narrators,”

Mascarello said of

the trio. “But, sometimes

in the show, they act as

the narrator, so they know

what’s going on, and other

times they’re part of the

show. So, it kind of changes


For a full listing of

showtimes and to purchase

tickets, visit ccctheatre.

com, or call (708) 607-



From Page 20

vide the opportunity for attendees

to engage in an indepth

dialogue about the

church’s mission, beliefs

and approach to ministry.

To register, sign up at

or call

the church office at (815)


The Hub (1303 S. Schoolhouse Road, New


Xtreme Church

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

every Sunday. The Hub

partners with Xtreme Ministries

to host a church service.

There is loud music

and preaching. For more

information, call (815)


Cherry Hill Church of Christ (2749

Lancaster Drive, Joliet)

Sunday Services

10:30 a.m. every Sunday;

1 p.m. on the first

Sunday of each month

and 6 p.m. every Sunday

except the first Sunday of

each month.

Grace Episcopal Church (209 N. Pine St.,

New Lenox)

Sunday Services

8 a.m. Holy Eucharist

Rite II. 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist

Rite II with music,

followed by coffee hour.

For more information, call

(815) 485-6596.

Saturday Service

5 p.m. the first, third

and fifth Saturday of each


Cornerstone Church (1501 S. Gougar Road,

New Lenox)

Men’s Bible Study

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

For more information,

call (815) 462-7700.

Parkview Christian Church (2121 S.

Schoolhouse Road, New Lenox)

Worship Services

4 p.m. Saturdays; 8:30

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

a.m. Sundays.

Peace Lutheran Church (1900 E. Lincoln

Highway, New Lenox)

Church Services

5 p.m. Saturdays; 8:30

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

Ruth Circle Quilters

9 a.m. Mondays. No experience

necessary. You

just have to know how to

have fun to join. And if

that’s not enticing enough,

we always have snacks!

For more information, call

(815) 462-9527 or (708)


Prayer Group

11:45 a.m. Wednesdays.

Denise Jones hosts

a monthly gathering for

prayer. The prayers include

our church, our young people,

those on the prayer list

from the bulletin, and any

other concerns or celebrations.

The group will meet

on the third Wednesday of

each month at 11:45 a.m.

Please call (815) 838-0388

or the church office (815)

485-5327 if you will be attending.

A Man in Recovery

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

This recovery group

is for those who are struggling

with addiction or

those who love someone

struggling. For more information,

call Tom at (815)


The Journey Church (14414 W. Ford Drive,

New Lenox)

Reverberate Youth Group

1-3 p.m. Every first

Sunday of the month. The

group meets to discuss a

message geared toward junior

and senior high school

students. For more information,


Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Editor

Sean Hastings at sean@ or

call (708) 326-9170 ext. 48.

Information is due by noon

on Thursdays one week prior

to publication.

22 | September 12, 2019 | the new lenox patriot new lenox

Ghouls Night Out




6–9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3,

Konow’s Corn Maze,

16849 S. Cedar Road,

Homer Glen

A portion of ticket sales will

benefit Crisis Center for South

Suburbia and Weish4Ever -

The Andrew Weisher Foundation



($10 at the door)


• 22nd Century Media

• 322 West Soap Company

• 3B’s Mobile Boutique

• Artistic Med Spa

• Avon

• Brannigan Chiropractic

• Chicago Sky

• Chiro One

• ChoVonne Accessories

• Colleen McLaughlin, The McLaughlin

Team, Coldwell Banker Residential

• Color Street

• Crafts by Rosemary

• DIY Sign Party


• Eagle Sports Range

• Ensemble Boutique

• Fred Astaire Mokena

• GorJus Whips Body Butter

• Gracie Pie Apothecary

• Honest

• Huaywasi: Handmade in Peru

• Imperfect Produce

• Infinity Scarves by Nancy

• Inspire Studio Gallery

• Jewels 2 U


• LuLaRoe (Inspirational Lula Ladies

Tiffany & Sheri)

• Mary Kay Cosmetics

• Moody Blues Jean Boutique

• Norwex

• NuMark Credit Union

• Paparazzi (Glamour Bijoux)

• Perfectly Posh

• Premier Designs Jewelry

• Rock's #1 Gals Jewelry

• Surprise Parties

• Tastefully Simple

• Total Life Changes (TLC)

• Totes & Taggies by Melinda

• Usborne Books & More

• Virtue Cider

• Wicks & Wax

• Wine, Spirit, Butterbeer Mixes

• Women’s Healthcare of Illinois

• Young Living Essential Oils

(Oily University)

• Younique

• Plus more vendors from Konow's Corn Maze!


• Costume Contest

• Free tote bag to first 200 attendees,

courtesy of Artistic Med Spa

• Free wine glass to first 200

attendees, courtesy of Fox's Pizza

• Paint a mini wooden sign with

DIY Sign Party $5

• Cash Bar

And more to come!

Adults 21+ Only

Enter the Costume Contest!

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the new lenox patriot | September 12, 2019 | 23

New Lenox Area Historical Society

hosts party at historic train depot

Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Reporter

Last August, the New

Lenox Area Historical

Society saved a then-118-

year old Metro train depot

– located on Cedar Road

– from destruction by finding

it a home at Konow’s

Farm in Homer Glen.

One year later, members

of the group, friends and

history buffs had the opportunity

to tour the depot

on Thursday, Sept. 5 during

a party celebrating the

building’s preservation. A

presentation on the moving

of the depot from New

Lenox to Homer Glen

followed, providing additional

information on the

teamwork it took to save a

piece of history.

“This is an exciting

event. We want to get right

to it and we’re going to

have a party and celebrate

our accomplishment,” said

New Lenox Area Historical

Society board chairperson

Lori Lindberg. “The

depot feels like it really

is at home here. It isn’t an

easy thing to save a building.

It takes a lot of work

and it takes a lot of support

from the organization, its

members and the community.

“This could have been in

a landfill. The real green,

the real preservation, is

taking this building and repurposing


Konow’s Farm owner

Walt Konow explained

that the depot – which has

been restored to feature

roof, wall and floor designs

from its original plan

– is now open and he plans

to make it available for

rentals in 2020. Much in

the same way the farm restored

and repurposed the

historic Tilsy Barn, Konow

wants the depot to be

a space the community can

enjoy while being encompassed

by local history.

“My dad really thought

a lot about history and he

really instilled that in me

to value things that were

older and things from our

past,” said Konow. “That

really stuck with me.”

New Lenox residents

Neil Stellwagen and Lloyd

Dodds both had childhood

adventures inside the depot.

“We used to play in it

when we were kids 70

years ago. It’s very cool.

This was worth doing,”

said Stellwagen.

Dodds added, “During

my first year of high

school we had to take the

train from New Lenox

to Joliet every day so I

was in here every school

day for about a year. I’m

thinking about when I was

younger. It’s a lot of memories

coming back.”

Lindberg explained

that the train depot was a

gathering place in many

ways. Along with providing

passenger and freight

services, it also hosted a

telegraph system connecting

New Lenox residents

with friends and family far

and wide. More recently,

over 5,000 people from

across the globe joined

forces to sign a petition to

save the landmark and the

New Lenox Area Historical

Society hopes that the

depot will continue to be a

space for community, conversation

and fun for years

to come.

“The idea of preservation

is, people are celebrating

this again,” said Lindberg.

New Lenox Area Historical Society hosts a presentation

and party at Konow’s Farm in honor of the old train

depot and its new home on Thursday, Sept. 5. Photos by

Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

New Lenox Area Historical Society researcher, David

Rubner, looks over his notes before the presentation on

Thursday, Sept. 5.

Along with tours and

a presentation on the depot’s

history and its move

to Homer Glen, party-goers

also enjoyed a pair of

cakes from the New Lenox

Area Historical Society’s

official bakery, Fleckenstein’s


The New Lenox Area

Historical Society is gearing

up for its Oct. 9 Fall

Fest with Friends which

serves as a benefit for

Schmuhl School – another

historic building the group

saved – as well as the society

itself. Everyone is

invited to purchase tickets

to attend and sponsorship

opportunities are available


Konow’s Farm – and its

popular Corn Maze – is

located at 16849 S Cedar

Rd in Homer Glen and

more information about

the New Lenox Area

Historical Society can be

found online at newlenox or by calling

(815) 485-5576.

Poetry corner


Julie Sanders

New Lenox resident

I see the road before me

Alarm bells ringing loud

The road of indecision

Perception in the clouds

Sitting at the crossroads

Which path shall I take

Debating each with wisdom

I put on the brakes.

One seems quite exciting

Draws me to the edge

My foot almost slipping

As I cling to the ledge

Flashing lights and laughter

Like a party in the midst

Drawn to the fun

You know I can’t resist.

Everyone seems so happy

Enjoy life to the max

Filling up their desires

And never looking back

Yea, I am thinking

That’s the life for me

Jumping in head first

Join in this ecstasy.

My life being built

In the midst of party time

With laughter along the


Seemed to be in my prime

Something must be missing

Mystery, not solved as yet

Appetite still is empty

Sharpened, only whet.

My heart was being


By an essence new to me

Coming from the 2nd path

Alluring, “Come follow


An aroma, strong compelling

Of pure holiness

Now my eyes are opened

I see my lowliness.

The other path was evil


Hell’s darkness could be


This open view of reality

Filthy, with a desire to be


The gospel truth convicts


Covered by guilt and


Only the sacrifice of Jesus

Cleansed my soul, takes


Born again to new life

Awakened from the dead

My old life now disgusts


As new things fill my


God’s Word is what I


Revives my weary soul

Jesus, my Lord and Savior

With praises to extol.

Want to submit a poem to the

Patriot? Email Editor Sean

Hastings at


CALL TODAY! 708.326.9170

24 | September 12, 2019 | the new lenox patriot dining out

The Dish

Variety, fresh ingredients set Wu’s House apart

Nuria Mathog

Contributing Editor

At Wu’s House, the cornerstone

of the dining experience

is an extensive

menu capable of accommodating

a wide variety of

tastes and preferences.

The Mokena restaurant,

which offers Japanese

mainstays such as sushi

and hibachi along with

other types of Asian cuisine,

opened at the end of

2018 after relocating from

its original site in Frankfort.

It is one of several

Chicago-area restaurants

owned by the Wu family

— two other Wu’s House

restaurants can be found

in Orland Park and Evergreen

Park, respectively,

along with Woow Sushi

locations in Orland Park,

La Grange and Algonquin.

Susan Ye, of Tinley

Park, who manages the

Mokena location, said one

of the restaurant’s greatest

strengths is its ability to

suit customers’ needs.

“If it’s someone who

doesn’t like sushi or raw

fish, they can always order

cooked food, like Chinese,

Thai cuisine or hibachi,

or they can even get their

sushi rolls cooked, not the

raw fish ones,” she said.

“And then, if they have

any allergies, we can always

handle that.”

The restaurant also can

work with diners who have

gluten-free restrictions,

Ye said. Many of the sushi

items on the menu are

naturally gluten free, and

customers can request that

other items on the menu be

made gluten-free, which

entails cooking the dishes

with alternative sauces,

such as lemon sauce.

The sushi rolls are the

Wu’s House

19826 S. LaGrange

Road in Mokena


• 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.


• 11:30 a.m.-10:30

p.m. Fridays and


• 11:30 am.-9 p.m.


For more information ...

Phone: (815) 469-5189


At Wu’s House in Mokena, the spicy basil chicken ($13.75) features chicken cooked with asparagus, bell pepper,

onion, snow peas, scallion and basil in a chef’s special sauce. Photos by Nuria Mathog/22nd Century Media

The honey roll ($14.95) contains spicy yellowtail,

avocado and jalapeno, topped with fresh tuna and

mango and honey plum sauces.

among the top-selling

items at Wu’s House, Ye

said. In addition to standard

rolls — such as the spicy

tuna roll ($6.95) and the

avocado roll ($4.95) — the

restaurant offers a selection

of chef’s special rolls,

which are made with different

combinations of fish

and other ingredients. Top

sellers include the Godzilla

roll ($13.99) — a 10-piece

deep-fried roll featuring

eel, crab, shrimp, white fish

cream cheese and avocado,

topped with Thai chili

sauce, eel sauce and spicy

mayo — and the honey roll

($14.95), a colorful eightpiece

roll containing spicy

yellowtail, avocado and

jalapeno, topped with fresh

tuna and mango and honey

plum sauces.

“We always have fresh

fish,” Ye said. “That’s really

important for sushi.

It’s fresh and always tastes

good. ... People order this

all the time.”

The menu at Wu’s House

also includes a large number

of Thai and Chinese entrees.

The spicy basil dishes

($13.75 for chicken, $14.75

for beef and $15.75 for

shrimp) are cooked with asparagus,

bell pepper, onion,

snow peas, scallion and basil

in a chef’s special sauce,

and Ye said she is particularly

fond of the Thai

spicy crazy noodles ($10

for a meatless dish, $11

for chicken, $12 for beef,

$13 for shrimp and $15 for

a combo of chicken, beef

and shrimp), which she

described as a “spicy and

crunchy” dish consisting of

rice noodles stir-fried with

basil leaves, snow peas, onion

and tomato.

The Godzilla roll ($13.99) contains eel, crab, shrimp,

white fish cream cheese and avocado, deep fried and

topped with Thai chili sauce, eel sauce and spicy mayo.

For Ye, the best part of

running the restaurant is

getting to know the customers,

many of whom

have been repeat diners

since the restaurant’s

Frankfort days.

“There’s a lot of regular

customers, so we build

that relationship,” she said.

“When they come, we enjoy

talking. That’s the part

I really like. We’re like a

big family.” dining out

the new lenox patriot | September 12, 2019 | 25

The Dish

Barraco’s thrives in Orland Park, six other locations while rooted in family

Business keeps

drawing customers

with large menu,

homey atmosphere

Thomas Czaja, Senior Editor

After a visit to Barraco’s

in Orland Park, it is evident

that the business was

started, has grown and

continues to operate with

family at is core.

A variety of family photos

adorning the walls of

the establishment to homemade

family recipes all

over the menu have helped

the business become what

it is today, according to

co-owner Francesca Aye,

a member of the Barraco


Barraco’s originally was

started in 1980 in Evergreen

Park by Aye’s grandparents,

Vito and Paulina.

Like many, they moved

to the United States with

nothing. Vito took factory

jobs, while Paulina

worked as a seamstress.

But their dream was to

own and operate a restaurant,

so they took a leap of

faith in starting that with,

aptly, a place bearing their

surname, showcasing the

importance of family.

“It’s her sauce, her pastas,

her everything,” Aye

said of the menu coming

directly from her grandmother.

The business did so well

that it has expanded into its

seven locations: Evergreen

Park, Orland Park, Crestwood,

Chicago, Burbank,

Orland Hills and Beverly.

Vito died in 2009, but Paulina,

now 85, still makes

sure to stay involved.

“She’ll still go to the

stores and tell everyone

a piece of her mind, what

“It’s extremely hard work, but at

the end of the day we truly enjoy

it and enjoy the customers. It

can be challenging, but there

is nothing like working with


Francesca Aye — Barraco’s co-owner, on the

restaurant business

they are doing wrong, if

they are doing something

right,” Aye said.

Aye has grown up with

the business. She started

working there around age

16 and helped out even

prior to that. A number of

her family members remain

involved, and they

make sure they are all stationed

among the different

locations to monitor things

and maintain quality.

The menu is large, filled

with everything from dinner

specials to a plethora

of appetizers, soups and

salads, sandwiches, burgers,

a create-your-own

pasta section, pasta specialties,

dinner specialties,

seafood specialties, pizza,

and dessert.

A popular choice for

sandwiches is the Freddy

sandwich ($11.50), which

is an Italian sausage patty

with green peppers, red

sauce and mozzarella

cheese. The family has

consistently tweaked and

updated the menu since

1980 to keep up with what

customers want.

Some of the newer selections

are under the Mama

Barraco’s Creations portion

of the menu, such as

the Joey’s pasta ($19.25),

a dish with Asiago cheesestuffed

gnocchi tossed in

Alfredo sauce, featuring

prosciutto and peas.

With the create-yourpasta,

guests first choose

from eight different kinds

of pasta before selecting

their sauces, vegetables

and any possible side dishes.

“It’s a nice way to go

about your meal and nice

option if you can’t decide

what you want,” Aye said

of the create-your-own


In terms of what separates

Barraco’s from other

Italian restaurants and defines

their offerings, Aye

said it all goes back to the

homemade recipes they

still enjoy eating at their

own family functions.

“It’s not generic,” Aye

said. “It’s real, and you

can tell what you are eating

is not mass-produced,

not frozen. We make all

our stuff fresh every day

and stand by that.

“All our breading, we

do that ourselves. We pick

up our meatballs from

Evergreen Park. They are

personally made there,

with my grandma and aunt

always watching, tasting,

making sure everything is

always how it is supposed

to be.”

The Barraco’s 12-inch thin-crust pizza is shown here with sausage. Abhinanda

Datta/22nd Century Media

Another key staple for

any Italian restaurant is

pizza, and Barraco’s does

not skimp there, with recognizable

pies such as thin

crust — the No. 1 seller —

and deep dish. Those will

always remain beloved favorites,

but Barraco’s gets

creative with its pizza offerings,

as well.

The Sicilian-style pizza

(pricing varies by size

and toppings) has an extra-thick

crust with sweet

sauce, and the Nicky’s

special (pricing varies) is

an extra-thin crust cheese

pizza served crispy, made

with light cheese and ingredients

and served welldone.

To cap off a full meal,

an equally substantial dessert

menu has something

for each respective sweet

tooth, from a cannoli to tiramisu

to an assortment of

pie slices and more.

Aye and her family pride

themselves on serving

all of the aforementioned

choices in a family atmosphere.

“It’s definitely very

family-oriented,” Aye

said. “We have so many

families that continuously

come here as regulars. It

feels good to see them, and

vice versa. They’ll know

stuff about my family, and

I’ll know stuff about their


“They’ll celebrate their

big family events here, and

we always try to encourage

that relationship.”

An additional aspect of

the business is immediately

apparent when someone

walks into the Orland

Park location and observes

a wide mix of wine bottles

available for sale. In this

arena, Aye said the wine

list is updated roughly

every six months, with

heavier reds favored in the

wintertime and whites in

the warmer months.

As Barraco’s will soon


18040 S. Wolf Road in

Orland Park


• 10 a.m.-2:30 a.m.


For more information ...

Phone: (708) 478-



be celebrating 4 year of

business in 2020 since its

first location opened, the

blueprint for further sustained

success remains

much the same as it has the

last four decades: listen to

what customers want, and

keep family recipes, tradition

and atmosphere at the


“It’s extremely hard

work, but at the end of the

day we truly enjoy it and

enjoy the customers,” Aye

said. “It can be challenging,

but there is nothing

like working with family.”

26 | September 12, 2019 | the new lenox patriot puzzles

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

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur


1. Barbecue fare

5. 27th U.S. President

9. G-man

14. Physical location

15. Mixture

16. Radial pattern

17. “The X-Files”


18. Heifer

19. Gains for labor

20. Designation

from the WHO,

earned by New


23. Mopey music


24. “A Chorus Line”


25. Baby quieters

29. Legendary Giant

30. Mich. neighbor

33. Backcountry

34. Macaroni ingredient

36. Going ___ (fighting)

37. ___ rib

39. Does math

40. Location of New

Lenox Village Hall,

goes with 45 across

42. Un + deux

43. Metal bearing


44. Noisy trains

45. See 40 across

47. ___ tai (drink)

48. Dudgeon

49. Embroidery tool

56. “Everyone

___ __ love you”

(Woody Allen


58. Anger, with “up”

59. Like arroyos

60. Economic bloc

headquartered in


61. “Why should

___ you?”

62. Bette Midler song

63. Shoot

64. Rectangular paving


65. Nine inches


1. Needles

2. Rombauer of cookbook


3. Protest

4. Fit to be tried

5. In the offing

6. Cottonwood trees

7. Thin coating

8. Soybean extract

9. Corroded

10. Shred

11. Strange

12. Girl’s name

13. QBs’ goals

21. Phone or body


22. “I’m innocent!”

25. Excellent

26. Exterior

27. Played out

28. National Gallery of

British Art, now

29. Original manufactured


30. “Black ___” 1987

detective thriller with

Dennis Hopper

31. Cricket powerhouse

32. Fresh-mouthed

34. Bro’s kin

35. Bird

37. “Monty Python”


38. OR helpers

41. Bringing up

42. Certain surgeon’s


45. Pooh’s pal

46. Newsman Peter

47. Type of giraffe

49. One changing


50. Goo Goo Dolls


51. “Death on the ___”

mystery thriller

52. They may hold


53. Make fall

54. Old Apple computer

55. Barbara of “I

Dream of Jeannie”

56. Carrier to Copenhagen,

for short

57. Nasty biter


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Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that

has been subdivided into nine smaller grids

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

column and box must contain each of the

numbers 1-9.

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28 | September 12, 2019 | the new lenox patriot local living

Distinctive Home Builders Introduces New Craftsman Homes

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

New designs are a result of buyer feedback

Two refreshing designs mark

the beginning of a new series

of Craftsman-style homes

available from Distinctive Home

Builders at its latest new home

communities: Prairie Trails;

located in Manhattan within the



School District and at WestGate

Manor in Peotone within the

desirable Peotone School District.

“Craftsman homes were

introduced in the early 1900s in

California with designs based on a

simpler, functional aesthetic using

a higher level of craftsmanship

and natural materials. These

homes were a departure from

homes that were mass produced

from that era, “according to Bryan

Nooner, president of Distinctive

Home Builders.

“The Craftsman design has

made a comeback today for many

of the same reasons it started over

a century ago. Our customers

want to live in a home that gets

away from the “mass produced”

look and live in a home that has

more character. As a result of

our daily interaction with our

homeowners and their input, we

are excited to introduce these two

homes, with additional designs in

the works.”

Nooner, who meets with each

homeowner prior to construction,

has been working on these plans

for a while and felt that the

timing was ideal for the debut.

“Customers were asking for

something different and simple

with less monotony and higher

architectural standards.” The

result was the Craftsman ranch

and the Prairie two story, now

available at Prairie Trails and

WestGate Manor. The Craftsman

ranch features an open floor plan

with Great Room, three bedrooms,

two baths and a two-car (optional

three-car) garage. The Prairie

features a two-story foyer and

Great Room, three bedrooms

and one and one-half baths, a

convenient Flex Room space

on the main level and a two-car

(optional three-car) garage. The

Craftsman architectural elements

on both homes include brick and

stone exteriors with cedar shake

accent siding, low-pitched gabled

bracket roofs, front porches with

tapered columns and stone piers,

partially paned windows, and a

standard panel front entry door.

Distinctive Home Builders

offers a Craftsman-style trim

package offering trim without

ornate profiles and routers. The

trim features simplicity in design

with rectangles, straight lines and

layered look trims over doors for

example. The front entry door

will have the standard Craftsman

panel style door. Distinctive has

also created a Craftsman color

palate to assist buyers in making

coordinated choices for the

interior of their new Craftsman

home. Colors, cabinet styles and

flooring choices blend seamlessly

with the Craftsman trim package

and are available in gray tones

package and earth tones.

Distinctive offers custom maple

kitchen cabinets featuring solid

wood construction (no particle

board), have solid wood drawers

with dove tail joints, which is

very rare in the marketplace.

“When you buy a new home

from Distinctive, you truly are

receiving custom made cabinets

in every home we sell no matter

what the price range,” noted


Distinctive Home Builders

works to achieve a delivery goal

of 90 days with zero punch list

items for its homeowners. “Our

three decades building homes

provides an efficient construction

system,” said Nooner. “Many

of our skilled craftsmen have

been working with our company

for over 20 years. We also

take pride on having excellent

communicators throughout our

organization. This translates into

a positive buying and building

experience for our homeowners

and one of the highest referral

rates in the industry.” Nooner

added that all homes are highly

energy efficient. Every home

built will have upgraded wall and

ceiling insulation values with

energy efficient windows and

high efficiency furnaces. Before

homeowners move into their new

home, Distinctive Home Builders

conducts a blower door test that

pressurizes the home to ensure

that each home passes a set of

very stringent Energy Efficiency


With the addition of these two

new designs, there are now 15

ranch, split-level and six two

story single-family home styles

to choose from each offering from

three to eight different exterior

elevations at both communities.

The three- to four-bedroom

homes feature one and one-half

to two-and-one-half baths, two

to three-car garages and a family

room, all in approximately 1,600

to over 3,000 square feet of living

space. Basements are included in

most models as well. Distinctive

also encourages customization

to make your new home truly

personalized to suit your lifestyle.

Oversize home sites; brick

exteriors on all four sides of the

first floor; custom maple cabinets;

ceramic tile or hardwood floors

in the kitchen, baths and foyer;

genuine wood trim and doors

and concrete driveways can all

be yours at Prairie Trails and

WestGate Manor. Most all home

sites at Prairie Trails andWestGate

Manor can accommodate a threecar

garage; a very important

amenity to the Manhattan

homebuyer, said Nooner. “When

we opened Prairie Trails and

WestGate Manor we wanted

to provide the best new home

value for the dollar and we feel

with offering Premium Standard

Features that we do just that. So

why wait? This is truly the best

time to build your dream home!”

Prairie Trails is also a beautiful

place to live and raise a family

featuring a 20-acre lake on site,

as well as direct access to the 22-

mile Wauponsee Glacial Prairie

Path that borders the community

and meanders through many

neighboring communities and

links to many other popular trails.

The Manhattan Metra station is

less than a mile away.

Besides Prairie Trails,

Distinctive Home Builders

has built homes throughout

Manhattan in the Butternut Ridge

and Leighlinbridge developments,

as well as in the Will and south

Cook county areas over the past

30 years.

Distinctive has two early

delivery homes available at its

newest community, Cedar Creek

in Joliet where you can choose

your colors now and move in 45

days. One is a three-bedroom

Princeton ranch with two full

baths in an open floor plan with

kitchen and Great Room. Priced

at $289,990 this home has over

$20,000 in free upgrades. The

second home is a Brentwood

three-bedroom raised ranch with

an oversized garage. Priced at

$279,900, this home features

many interior and exterior

architectural details and over

$30,000 in free upgrades.

Visit the on-site sales

information center for

unadvertised specials and view

the numerous styles of homes

being offered and the available

lots. Call Lynne Rinck at (708)

737-9142 or (708) 479-7700 for

more information or visit www.

The Prairie Trails and WestGate

Manor new home information

center is located three miles

south of Laraway Rd. on Rt.

52. The address is 24458 S.

Rt. 52, Manhattan, IL. 60422.

Open Daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:00

p.m. Closed Wednesday and

Thursday and always available by


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standard features, model

offerings, build times and lot

availability are subject to change

without notice. Please contact

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• 12000 W. Donegal

Lanen, New Lenox,

60451-3710 - Stevens

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July 26

• 244 Somerset

Court, New Lenox,

60451-2063 - Susan

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E. Olson, Stephanie M.

Olson $230,000

July 24

• 2939 Foxwood

Drive, New Lenox,

60451-8592 - First

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to John J. Okeefe,

Nichole M. Okeefe


July 26

• 902 Timber Place,

New Lenox, 60451-

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708.873.9044 -

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We are looking for an

experienced individual to

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office in Frankfort.

Flexible hours: 25-40 hrs/wk.

Applicant must be experienced

in QuickBooks or similar

accounting program and be

proficient in MS Office with

expertise in Word and Excel.

Submit resume & cover letter


Part-time Telephone Work

calling from home for

AMVETS. Ideal for

homemakers and retirees.

Must be reliable and have

morning &evening hours

available for calling.

If interested,

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M-F, 10am - 1pm Only!

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Located in Phoenix, IL

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Seeking: Manufacturing

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Technicians (8 years exp.)

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Hiring Desk Clerk

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& Housekeeping


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Medical Transportation

Drivers Wanted.

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is now hiring 3 positions

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Call to apply: 630-257-7721



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Lawn Fertilizing & Core

Aeration: Year-round &

Seasonal Employment

Potential for paid winters off.

Benefits incl. health, dental,

IRA. Good driving rec a must.

Time and a half over 40 hrs.

$15/hr starting pay.

Apply in-person 7am - 5pm

Lawn-Tech, Ltd.

7320 Duvan Dr

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$17.42/hr. + full benefits


Training provided.

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Safety Assistant

Tinley Park Transportation Co.

looking to fill full-time

Safety position. Candidate

must have experience in

Microsoft Office and possess

good communication skills.

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Full-Time experienced

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Legal Secretary


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Heaven Sent Caregivers

Professional caregiving

service. 24 hr or hourly

services; shower or bath

visits. Licensed & bonded.

Try the best! 708.638.0641

1037 Prayer /


Miraculous Prayer

Dear heart of Jesus in the past

I have asked for favors.

This time I ask you for this

very special one. (mention

Favor) Take it dear Jesus and

place it within your own

broken heart where your father

sees it then in your merciful

eyes it will become your favor

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Oh holy St. Jude, Apostle &

Martyr, great in virtue and rich

in miracles, near kinsman of

Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor

of all who invoke your special

patronage in time ofneed.

To you Ihave recourse from

the depths of my heart and

humbly beg to whom God has

given such great power to

come to my assistance. Help

me in my present and urgent

petition. In return, I promise to

make your name known and

cause to be invoked. Say 3Our

Fathers, 3Hail Marys and Glories

for 9 consecutive days.

Publication must be promised.

St. Jude pray for us all who invoke

your aid. Amen. C.P.

Oh most Beautiful Flower

of Mt Carmel, Fruitful vine,

splendor of heaven, blessed

mother of the Son of God,

Immaculate Virgin, Assist

me in this my neccessity, oh

star of the sea help me and

show me herein you are my

mother. Oh holy Mary,

Mother of God, Queen of

Heaven and Earth, I humbly

beeseach you from the bottom

ofmyheart to succor

me in my necessity (make

request) there are none that

can withstand your power,

oh Mary conceived without

sin, pray for us who have

recourse tothee (3x). Holy

Mary, Iplace this cause in

your hands (3x). Say this

prayer for three consecutive

days, you must publish it

and it will be granted to

you. MT

Prayer to the Blessed Virgin

Oh, most beautiful flower of

Mt. Carmel, fruitful vine,

splendor of Heaven, Blessed

Mother of the Son of God,

Immaculate Virgin, assist me

in my necessity. Oh, Star of

the Sea, help me and show me,

herein you are my mother. Oh,

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

Queen of Heaven and Earth!

I humbly beseech you from

the bottom of my heart to succor

me in this necessity. There

are none that can withstand

your power. Oh show me

herein you are my mother. Oh

Mary, conceived without sin,

pray for us who have recourse

to thee (3x). Holy Mother, I

place this cause in your hands

1037 Prayer /




(3x). Holy Spirit, you who

solve all problems, light of all

roads so that I can attain my

goal. You who gave me the divine

gift to forgive and forget

all evil against me and that in

all instances in my life you are

with me. I want in this short

prayer to thank you for all

things as you confirm once

again that I never want to be

separated from you in

Eternal Glory. Thank you for

your mercy toward me and

mine. The person must say this

prayer 3 consecutive days.

After 3 days, the request will

be granted. This prayer must

be published after the favor is


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Beautiful 8-year old Persian

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708-829-6518 Small fee

Golden Doodle Puppies F1B

Available to take home 9/29

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1052 Garage Sale

Frankfort 112 Center Road.

Fri. 9/13 and Sat. 9/14, 9-3pm.

Lawnmower, bicylcles, fish

tank and stuff, refridgerator,

tools, storage cabinets, bookcases,

lamps, bowflex, Rock


jeans size 0/3/25/26 (gently

used), Michael Kors and Coach

purses (gently used), rolltop

desk, Marvel toys and statues

(new in box), endtables, recliners,

kitchen stuff, hammock,

curio cabinets, new outdoor

chairs, record player and stereo

system and much more!

Tinley Park 6519 W. 167th St.

Fri. 9/13 and Sat. 9/14, 8-3pm.

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Homer Glen 14139 S. King Rd

9/13 and 9/14, 9-4pm. Over

1,000 items -Clothes, Harley,

Office Supplies, Antiques,

100s of Electronic Items

Lockport 950 E. 1st Street.

Thurs. 9/12, Fri. 9/13, and

Sat. 9/14, 8-3pm. Antique furniture,

household items, toys,

tools, etc. Everything must go!

New Lenox 621 Bishops Gate

9/14 8-4pm Beautiful home decor

pieces, hshld, elec, mens

WS White Sox bomber jacket

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2003 Appliance Repair

2011 Brick/Chimney Experts

Village of Manhattan

Community Wide

Garage Sale

Friday, September 13th and

Saturday, September 14th


All participant’s addresses will

be listed in a map of the community.

Maps will be available

for distribution on Tuesday,

September 10th at Village Hall

located at 260 Market Place,

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For questions please call

Village Hall at (815) 418-2100

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9/13-9/14 8:30-3pm Household,

clothes, toys, washer,

yard equip, seasonal & more!

1053 Multi Family



1096 Commercial


Great Investment


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baths,2 waiting rooms,

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Can be Used or Rented

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9/14, 9-3pm. Soccer shoes,

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and much more!

Orland Park , 9140 Helen

Lane, 4 families Fri 9/13 & Sat

9/14 9am-3pm, Baby clothes &

toys, women clothes, household

items, and much more.


1225 Apartments

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2017 Cleaning Services


1074 Auto for


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2018 Concrete


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2701 Property for





of 120 E. 2nd Ave., New Lenox, IL

60451 (Single Family). On the 19th day

of September, 2019 to be held at 12:00

noon, at the Will County Courthouse

Annex, 57 N. Ottawa Street, Room 201,

Joliet, IL 60432, under Case Title: Federal

Home Loan Mortgage Corporation

Plaintiff V. William J. Hemry,

JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association

and Village ofNew Lenox


Case No. 19 CH 0620 in the Circuit

Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit,

Will County, Illinois.

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%) at the

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will


In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and (H-2), 765

ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765 ILCS

605/18.5(g-1), you are hereby notified

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required bysubdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and the assessments

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

to 735 ILCS 5/15-1512(d) to all parties

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

For Information Please Contact:

Heavner Beyers and Mihlar LLC

111 E. Main Street,

Decatur, Illinois 62523

P: 217-422-1719

F: 217-422-1754









2703 Legal












) SS.






Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation



William J. Hemry, JPMorgan Chase

Bank, National Association and Village

of New Lenox


No. 19 CH 0620


Public notice ishereby given that pursu-

2703 Legal


ant toajudgment entered in the above

cause on the 15th day of August, 2019,

MIKE KELLEY, Sheriff of Will

County, Illinois, will on Thursday, the

19th day of September, 2019 ,commencing

at 12:00 o'clock noon, at the

Will County Courthouse Annex, 57 N.

Ottawa Street, Room 201, Joliet, IL

60432, sell at public auction to the highest

and best bidder orbidders the following-described

real estate:

fka 08-22-101-013 LOT 260 IN AR-

















Commonly known as:

120 E. 2nd Ave., New Lenox, IL


Description of Improvements:

Single Family



Terms ofSale: ten percent (10%) at the

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. No judicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights inand to the residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will


In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and (H-2), 765

ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765 ILCS

605/18.5(g-1), you are hereby notified

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required bysubdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and the assessments

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

to 735 ILCS 5/15-1512(d) to all parties

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.



Heavner Beyers and Mihlar LLC

111 E. Main Street,

Decatur, Illinois 62523

P: 217-422-1719

F: 217-422-1754

Plaintiff's Attorney


Sheriff of Will County

2900 Merchandise

Under $100

4’ by 7’ 1/2” thick clear glass

FREE Call 708-966-4050

6ft. file cabinet metal $20, 2

wood canary/finch bird cages

$12 each, Life like motion animated

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the new lenox patriot | September 12, 2019 | 39

Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Adam Kedzior

Adam Kedzior is a senior

goalkeeper on the Lincoln-

Way Central soccer team.

How long have you

played soccer and how

did you get started?

I’ve been playing ever

since fourth grade. My

family friend, Mr. [Steve]

Rotondi owns Roma Soccer

Club. He got me started

with the sport. I started

playing with him and I

only played club with him.

Have you always been

a goalie?

Yes. It naturally came to

me, I’ll be honest. It came

to me more than other positions.

I knew it was the

best position for me.

What does it take to

be a good goalie?

You have to have good

reaction time and be good

on your feet.

What are your

thoughts on your

team’s start to the

season, going 2-2

over your first four

matches against tough


We’re playing OK and

I’m all right with where

we’re at. I know we’re going

to get a lot better from

here. We just have to correct

what we mess up in

these games, fix those little

mistakes now so that we’ll

be fine later in the season

and not make those mistakes


How do you want

to be a leader of the

team as a senior?

I want to be a big leader

and have a big impact on

the rest of the guys on the

team. Hopefully, they can

look up to me and stuff

like that. I try to treat the

younger kids how I want

to be treated.

If you could be anyone

else for a day, who

would you want to


Dwayne [“The Rock”]

Johnson. He’s a cool guy.

You’re stranded on a

deserted island. You

can have an endless

supply of one food.

Steve Millar/22nd Century Media

What do you pick?

Pizza, probably cheese

pizza. Just plain.

If they were making a

movie about your life,

who should play you?

Me. I’ll play myself. I’ll

volunteer for that. That’d

be fun.

Who would you pay to

see in concert?

I’ve actually never been

to a concert. I’d like to

see Post Malone or Juice


Do you have any

hobbies outside of


I just like to run a lot. I

like to work out.

Interview conducted by

Sports Editor Steve Millar.

high school highlights

The rest of the week in high school sports

Girls Tennis

Knights edge Griffins to

highlight 5-1 week

Kiana Sikich earned

a 6-1, 7-6 win at No. 1

singles, taking the second

set in an 11-9 tiebreaker,

as LW Central topped LW

East 4-3 on Friday, Sept. 6.

The Knights also beat

Plainfield North 4-3 on

Sept. 4 and Homewood-

Flossmoor 5-2 on Sept. 5,

then went 2-1 at their own

triangular Saturday, Sept.


Central’s doubles teams

of Emma and Kara Rimkunas,

and Lily Malas and

Micaela Cesta, each had

four wins on the week.

Girls Volleyball

LW Central 25-25, Stagg


Jackie Kulinski had six

kills and seven digs, Nicole

Ramirez dished out 18 assists

and Nicole Connolly

added five kills to lead the

Knights (5-4) on Sept. 5.

LW Central also fell 25-

12, 25-17 to Plainfield Central

on Sept. 3.

Boys Golf

LW Central 151,

Bolingbrook 198

Sean Curran was the

medalist for the Knights (6-

1) on Sept. 5 with a 35 at

Bolingbrook Golf Club.

LW West second at home


Zack Phelps led the way

with a 36 as the Warriors

shot a 154 on the front nine

at The Sanctuary on Sept.

3 to finish second behind

Lockport (148) and ahead

of Homewood-Flossmoor

and Bradley-Bourbonnais.

Ethan Healy (39), Jason

Lange (39) and Aidan

Healy (40) contributed for

the Warriors.

Cross Country

Knights girls win T.F. South,

fourth at Verona

Emma Olson (3rd, 20

minutes, 51 seconds), Carly

Shipman (5th, 20:59) and

Shea Martin (8th, 21:22)

led the way as the Knights

won the Rich Dust Invite

on Saturday, Sept. 7.

The same day, Rachel

Baumgartner, Merrigan Allen,

Ella Maldonado and

Ava Paoletti were medalists

as LW Central finished

fourth in the 23-team Verona

Invite in Wisconsin.

LW West girls eighth, boys

10th at Lyons Invite

Elise Champlin

(19:50.02) finished 22nd

and Sydney Swanberg

(20:43.52) 35th to lead the

Warriors to eighth place

Saturday, Sept. 7.

Bobby Ryan (32nd,

16:29.57) paced the boys


Kulpinski, Papes lead Providence

Emma Kulpinski

(20:33.29) finished 22nd

and Maria Papes (21:43.17)

finished 37th as the Celtics

took 10th at the Plainfield

Central Invite on Saturday,

Sept. 7.

High School Highlights

are compiled by Sports

Editor Steve Millar,

Sports Briefs

Boykin hauls in first TD during historic rout;

Allegretti makes Chiefs but inactive for


The first regular-season catch of Providence

graduate Miles Boykin’s NFL career

was a special one. With 6 minutes, 56 seconds

left in the first half of the Baltimore Ravens’

game at the Miami Dolphins on Sunday,

Sept. 8, Boykin was left open in the end

zone and caught a 5-yard touchdown pass

from Lamar Jackson.

It was the only catch for Boykin – a rookie

out of Notre Dame – on his lone target of the


Jackson threw five touchdowns, two of

them to Boykin’s fellow rookie receiver,

Marquise Brown.

The Ravens set a franchise record for

points in a 59-10 thrashing of the Dolphins.

Lincoln-Way East graduate Nick Allegretti,

meanwhile, was inactive for the Kansas

City Chiefs’ 40-26 win over the Jacksonville


Allegretti, though, had an impressive preseason

to seal his spot on the Chiefs’ 53-man

roster, despite a surplus of offensive linemen

competing to make the roster.

Locals help St. Xavier football win opener in


Providence graduate and New Lenox native

Joey Markasovic led St. Xavier with 10

tackles on Saturday, Sept. 7, in a 45-10 win

at Lawrence Tech (Mich.).

Providence graduate and New Lenox native

Steven Meyer contributed five tackles

and a forced fumble, while Lincoln-Way

Central graduate and Mokena native Peyton

Nigro had four tackles.

Sports Briefs are compiled by Sports Editor

Steve Millar,

40 | September 12, 2019 | the new lenox patriot sports

Boys soccer

Zavala thrives, but Warriors

fall at home of Chicago Fire

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Lincoln-Way West senior

goalkeeper Chris Zavala has

been a frequent visitor to

SeatGeek Stadium – formerly

Toyota Park – for Chicago

Fire games.

On Sept. 5, Zavala had the

chance to play on the same

field where he has watched so

many of his heroes.

“I think everyone had a

blast playing on this field,”

he said. “It’s a once-in-alifetime

experience and not

many people get to experience

it. I’ve been coming to

many games here. I got to

walk out of that tunnel and

see what professional players

experience when they walk

out onto this pitch.”

Zavala made the most of

the opportunity, turning in a

strong performance in both

regulation and the penaltykick

shootout, but the Warriors

dropped the shootout

3-2 and fell 1-0 to Whitney

Young in the Windy City

Ram Classic championship


“With soccer, you have

to finish it one way or another

and today, in the end, it

wasn’t us,” West coach Matt

Laude said. “[Young] was a

good, tough team and I have

to tip my cap to them.”

Zavala stopped two shots

in the shootout to give the

Warriors (3-2) a chance.

“It’s a mental thing,” he

said. “Sometimes the shooters

give away hints with their

bodies, but it’s mostly a mental


Zavala went low to his left

to stop a shot from Aidan

Chapman in the first round of

the shootout and dove to his

left to deny Elias Guzman’s

attempt in the third.

LW West goalkeeper Chris Zavala makes a save during

the penalty-kick shooutout Sept. 5. The Warriors fell 1-0 to

Whitney Young. STEVE MILLAR/Sports Editor

“The first one, I took a

guess and went the right

way,” Zavala said. “The third

one, he gave a little hint so

that’s where I went.”

The Warriors held a 2-1 advantage

through three rounds

but could not finish it off.

Senior Brady Forsythe and

junior Aaron Ronaldson converted

their penalty kicks for


Zavala was also big in regulation,

making four saves.

He is in his first year as a

starter after winning the goalkeeping

job in a preseason

battle with junior Evan Neisler.

“Chris has stepped in between

the pipes and he’s doing

a great job,” Laude said.

“He’s the senior, we gave

him the nod and he’s taking

it and running. [Neisler] is

really pushing him. Goalie is

one position I’m not worried

about, because I know I have

two good guys.”

The Warriors had the better

of play for much of the

match and generated a ton of

offensive pressure in the second

half but could not break

through against the Dolphins


Forsythe’s shot from 25

yards was saved by Young

goalkeeper Daniel Moderhack

early in the second half,

and Moderhack later denied

Tyler Vedder’s bid at goal.

The Warriors had a couple

great chances with just over

eight minutes remaining as

Codey Collin’s shot was

saved and Dylan Frank’s follow-up

shot off the rebound

went high.

They had one more golden

opportunity in the final

minute when Anthony Carli

ripped a hard shot over the


“You try to get as many

chances as you can and when

one goes in, that’s all it takes

for the game to go differently,”

Forsythe said. “I think

we were just unlucky. It just

didn’t go in, didn’t go our


Girls volleyball

Providence sharp in strong

crosstown win over LW West

RANDY WHALEN, Freelance Reporter

A crosstown girls volleyball

matchup Sept. 3 pitted a pair of teams

that were looking for improvement.

While Providence defeated visiting

Lincoln-Way West 25-20, 25-17,

both teams found bright spots as they

start settling into the season.

The victory put the Celtics (4-3),

who also beat the Warriors at the

Plainfield North Crimson Classic,

back over the .500 mark. West (2-

5) won its season opener August 27

against visiting Oak Forest, but went

1-4 at Plainfield North.

“We want to beat the teams that are

around us to make a name for ourselves”

Providence junior Gillian Peterson

said. “It’s a lot of fun and a big

deal. It gives us more of a reputation

and it motivated us.”

Peterson has also been motivated

by playing the right side this season,

rather than her usual outside hitter


“I’ve played right side on my club

team,” Peterson said of her position

on First Alliance. “The timing playing

right side is a lot different and

takes a lot of practice.”.

Peterson and junior middle hitter

Brooke Trudelle each had four kills

while senior outside hitter Izabela

Gorys led Providence with 11 kills

and five digs. Junior setter Skye Mc-

Gill passed out 11 assists while sophomore

outside hitter Juliana Warfield

(two kills, two aces, six digs) also

contributed for the Celtics.

Senior outside hitter Katie Little

led West with 10 kills.

“I think it’s good competition and

[Providence is] a good team in the

area so we were looking forward to

playing them,” Little said. “Even

when were were down, my mentality

is one at a time. I process it for three

seconds and then let it go. We are trying

to play smarter, not harder.”

The Warriors were down nearly the

entire match. They had a a few leads

in the opener, including 6-5 on an ace

from junior right side hitter Kathryn

Schedin and 8-6 on an overpass save

from Little. But Gorys and Warfield

had kills and Trudelle tapped a block

to cap a 5-0 run that put the Celtics

ahead for good.

The second set was tied once, at

2-2. The Celtics then went on a 13-1

blitz, which was capped by back-toback

aces from senior libero Kailey

Labuda. The advantage grew as large

as 21-6. But West wouldn’t quit, going

on a 7-0 run which was capped

on an ace from senior setter Hannah

Rubin (18 assists).

But despite a pair of kills by sophomore

Jessica Been, who was playing

in her first match following her

father’s passing the week before, the

Warriors never got closer than seven


Senior Kirsten Leitshuh, who is

limited to back-row duties as a libero

this season due to an injury, had 11

digs, and sophomore middle blocker

Amelia Gonzalez added three blocks

for West.

“I’m not disappointed, we fight and

fight and keep going,” West coach

Kendall Villa said. “There’s times we

had three sophomores on the court

and we’re working hard.

“We need to get back out on the

court together and we need to tighten

up our passing. I want to play good

competition to see where we are at.

Providence serve receive was very

good and they are a good team.”

The Celtics have as many sophomores,

four, on the team as they do


“The girls played well,” Providence

coach Jean Phelps said. “We

beat West 25-18, 25-10 at Plainfield

North and played well with a lot of

three-set matches there. I didn’t call

a timeout [when West was making

some runs] because I know what they

can do. The girls just have to go out

and do it.

“It’s nice to play the crosstown

teams. They bring good competition

to us and hopefully we do to them.

Gillian [Peterson] is usually on the

outside but for us is playing the right

side and she looks completely natural

there.” sports

the new lenox patriot | September 12, 2019 | 41

Roma Sports Club expanding with new fields


Freelance Reporter

When Steve Rotondi,

owner of Roma Sports

Club in Frankfort, dedicated

his new soccer fields, he

wanted to name them after

someone very special. His

wife, Jeanna’s, grandfather,

Al Primavera.

“My wife’s grandfather

was a pseudo grandfather

to me because my grandparents

were overseas in

Italy,” Rotondi said. “They

also passed pretty early,

when I was young.

“Grandpa Al was a guy

that became a huge part

of my life,” Rotondi said.

“We built structures together,

we planted gardens

together, we fished together.

He was somebody that

I respected and loved, so

I named the soccer fields

after him.”

The new soccer fields

are called Primavera

Fields. Five or six fields

are expected to be built

when the renovation is


Besides owning the

sports club along with his

wife Jeanna, Rotondi - a

Mokena resident - is a father

to three children, is

active in the community

and coaches soccer, sometimes

two teams at a time.

Rotondi began a very

competitive soccer club

called Roma FC premier

travel soccer club. The

club has been in existence

since 2008. The new soccer

fields are various sizes,

designed to work with

different age groups. The

club started in Mokena,

where Roma rented fields.

Michelle Schiller from

New Lenox has brought

her sons, Drew and Cameron,

to Roma for the soccer

program, beginning

when they were in grade


“Steve coached both

my boys when we were

in rec leagues,” Schiller

said. “He knows what he is

doing. He also brought in

coaches that bring an element

of experience. I respect

a person that knows

what they’re doing. The

new soccer fields are also

amazing, it’s going to be

great for the boys to play

here on our home field.

Steve also focuses on the

whole player, not just getting

wins. We just want

our kids to get better and

understand that hard work

will pay off.”

Drew and Cameron

Schiller expressed their

love for the game of soccer

and said Roma FC has

benefitted them.

Brothers Cameron (left) and Drew Schiller, of New

Lenox, longtime members of Roma FC soccer club,

practice on Roma Sports Club’s new fields.

“Playing on the Roma

soccer team has really

helped me,” said Drew, a

13-year old who has been

playing since he was 9.

“Roma has really taught

me technique. My goal is

to get a better record than

last year and work as a


For older brother Cameron,

who is 17, this year is

bittersweet, as it will be his

final year playing soccer at

Lincoln-Way Central.

“I’ve been playing soccer

for Coach Steve for

nine years,” Cameron said.

“My soccer skills have improved

a lot. My overall

character has improved

since I’ve been with him.

I used to get angry a lot.

He’s one of the people that

has made me the person

that I am today.”

Rotondi’s love of soccer

began at Marian Catholic

High School in Chicago

Heights, where he played

all four years.

Rotondi’s teams range

from 8U to 18U, with both

boys and girl teams. The

teams play in the Chicago

Premier League.

“It’s very elite,” Rotondi

said of the league.

Besides soccer, Roma

Sports Club features many

other sporting opportunities

as it has basketball

and volleyball hardwood

courts, batting cages, indoor

turf fields, a fitness

center and even a room for

birthday parties.

It is quite an active place,

especially on weeekends.

“Games go from 7 a.m.

Mokena resident Steve Rotondi, co-owner of Roma

Sports Club in Frankfort, stands in the net on one of

the club’s new soccer fields, named Primavera Fields in

honor of his wife’s grandfather, Al Primavera. Photos by

Mary Compton/22nd Century Media

to 10 p.m. on Saturday and

Sunday with games every

45 minutes,” Rotondi said.

“There are anywhere from

five to seven thousand

people on a weekend, all

these people are utilizing

the services of Frankfort.

It’s such a great thing for

the community.”

With the field dedication,

Rotondi is demonstrating

his belief in the

importance of a family atmosphere.

“Naming the fields after

Al is [symbolic of] what

we’re trying to instill into

the kids,” he said. “We’re

trying to be more than just

a soccer program. We try

and work with these kids

in building character and

confidence and most of all

building tradition. It meant

a lot when I explained at

the ribbon cutting where

the name came from. It hit

home to a lot of the kids

who were here. It shows

that family is important

and grandpa Al taught that

to me and everyone else

around him.”

Youth Sports

Celtics take title in Maryland

Staff Report

The Illinois Celtics 12U

baseball team recently

traveled to Aberdeen, Md.

to compete in the Ripken

Blue Crab Experience.

The Celtics, who feature

players from New Lenox

and Mokena, went 8-0 to

win the tournament title.

The team is coached

by Dave Simmons, along

with assistant coaches

Mike Vita and Dan Hodel.

Twenty-one teams,

from the United States,

Canada and the Phillipines,

competed in the


Members of the Celtics

include New Lenox

residents David Kent, Anthony

Vita, Kenny Strezo

and Benjamin Joynt, and

Mokena resident William


The Illinois Celtics 12U team celebrates its championship at the Ripken Blue Crab

Experience, a 21-team tournament in Aberdeen, Md. Photo submitted

42 | September 12, 2019 | the new lenox patriot sports

Boys soccer

Willner’s will: senior pours in four goals in Knights win

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Nick Willner came into

his senior season at Lincoln-

Way Central hoping to be

the Knights’ offensive leader

and pick up the slack left by

the graduation of some of

last season’s stars, notably

high-scoring Connor Erickson.

Willner has taken on

the leadership role with

great success. Through

four games, he had already

scored nine goals for the


Four of them came Sept.

3 when Central rolled to a

7-0 win over Aurora Central

Catholic in the Knights’

home opener in New Lenox.

“This start to the season is

a big boost for me,” Willner

said. “My goal is to score a

lot of goals this season. But

the main thing is to start

winning some games.”

Willner scored five goals

over three games against

tough competition at the

season-opening Bradley-

Bourbonnais Tournament.

In the first home game of

his final season with Central,

he did not take long to

get going.

Willner scored four times

in the first 19 minutes as

the Knights quickly pulled

away. All his goals came

in a span of just over seven


He found the net off a

variety of plays, too. Willner

was left open near the

net and scored off a Nico

Espinosa pass to get the

Knights on the board in the

12th minute. He took a long

pass from Andrew Burton,

brought down a high bounce

and made a nice move

around a defender to make

it 2-0, and scored again off

the ensuing kickoff just 11

seconds later.

Willner capped his burst

by taking a pass from George

Burchfield, dribbling around

the charging goalkeeper and

shooting into the open net.

“It took us a while to

start going, but it felt good

when we did,” Willner

said. “Don’t rush it, just

play simple and we have a

chance to score goals.”

Central coach Sean Fahey

is thrilled with the

firepower Willner has provided

the Knights (2-2).

“He took the cover off

the net early this year,

which is good,” Fahey said.

“His confidence is high. We

need him to keep scoring.

Our schedule gets tougher

every week. Hopefully this

is just a sign of things to


Still, Fahey wants the

Knights to be more than a

one-man show.

“I wouldn’t mind seeing

the wealth spread,” he

said. “We talked at halftime

about not selling yourself

short. We know Nick can

run, get behind the defense,

score, but other guys can

do it, too. We definitely

want other players to have

the confidence to take their

shots at goal.”

Others did get involved

against Aurora Central

Catholic as Niall Gavin’s

header off Burchfield’s

second assist make it a 5-0

game before halftime.

The Knights added a pair

of goals in the second half

from Jake Camaioni and

Cam DiFiori.

Senior goalkeeper Adam

Kedzior made two saves to

record the shutout.

The Knights went 1-2 at

Bradley to start the season,

falling 4-3 to Champaign

Central and 3-1 to Solorio,

Lincoln-Way Central senior Nick Willner carries the

ball downfield Sept. 3 against Aurora Central Catholic.

Willner scored four goals in the Knights’ 7-0 win. STEVE

MILLAR/22nd century media

a perennial Class 2A state

contender and the 2017

state champions in 2A.

Central ended the tournament

on a strong note, beating

Thornton co-op 2-1.

Thornton has been a

nemesis for the Knights

in recent years as a South-

West Suburban Conference

foe. The Wildcats left the

league and are in their first

year in the Southland Athletic


“Coming away with a

win over a good Thornton

team who we haven’t beaten

in a while was a good

way to come out of that

tournament,” Fahey said.

This Week In




■Sept. ■ 14 – First to the

Finish Invite at Detweiller

Park, Peoria, 9 a.m.


■Sept. ■ 14 – Joliet Central

Invite at Channahon Park,

9 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 13 – at Lockport,

7 p.m.


■Sept. ■ 14 – Providence

Invite at Sanctuary, 7:30


■Sept. ■ 17 – at Stagg at

Glen Eagles, 4:30 p.m.


■Sept. ■ 17 – hosts Bradley-

Bourbonnais at Sanctuary,

4:30 p.m.


■Sept. ■ 12 – at Plainfield

South, 6:15 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 14 – PepsiCo

Showdown, TBA

■Sept. ■ 17 – PepsiCo

Showdown, TBA


■Sept. ■ 14 – hosts LW

Central Invite, 8:30 a.m.


■Sept. ■ 12 – hosts

Sandburg, 4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 14 – at LW East

Invite, 9 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 17 – hosts Andrew,

4:30 p.m.


■Sept. ■ 12 – at LW East,

5:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 17 – at Bolingbrook,

5:30 p.m.




■Sept. ■ 14 – Joliet Central

Invite at Channahon Park,

9 a.m.


■Sept. ■ 14 – Joliet Central

Invite at Channahon Park,

9 a.m.


■Sept. ■ 13 – at Sandburg,

7 p.m.


■Sept. ■ 14 – Providence

Invite at Sanctuary, 7:30


■Sept. ■ 17 – hosts Peotone

at Sanctuary, 4:30 p.m.


■Sept. ■ 16 – at Bradley-

Bourbonnais at Aspen

Ridge, 4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 18 – at Stagg at

Silver Lake, 4:30 p.m.


■Sept. ■ 12 – at Joliet West,

6:15 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 14 – PepsiCo

Showdown, TBA

■Sept. ■ 17 – PepsiCo

Showdown, TBA


■Sept. ■ 12 – hosts Crete-

Monee and Joliet Township,

4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 14 – at LW Central

Invite, 8:30 a.m.


■Sept. ■ 12 – hosts

Lockport, 4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 14 – at LW East

Invite, 9 a.m.


■Sept. ■ 17 – at Joliet West,

5:30 p.m.




■Sept. ■ 14 – Joliet Central

Invite at Channahon Park,

9 a.m.


■Sept. ■ 14 – Joliet Central

Invite at Channahon Park,

9 a.m.


■Sept. ■ 13 – at Brother

Rice, 7:30 p.m.


■Sept. ■ 14 – hosts

Providence Invite at

Sanctuary, 7:30 a.m.


■Sept. ■ 17 – at Sandburg at

Silver Lake, 4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 18 – at Benet at

River Bend, 3:45 p.m.


■Sept. ■ 13 – hosts

Glenbrook North at Arctic,

8:45 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 15 – at Loyola at

American Heartland, 4:30


■Sept. ■ 16 – at York at

Addison Ice Arena, 7:45 p.m.


■Sept. ■ 12 – at Marmion,

5 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 14 – hosts Tinley

Park, 10 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 17 – hosts Montini,

4:30 p.m.


■Sept. ■ 12 – at Loyola, 4:30


■Sept. ■ 14 – at Oak Forest

quad, 8 a.m.


■Sept. ■ 12 – at Stagg, 6


■Sept. ■ 16 – at Joliet

Catholic, 6 p.m sports

the new lenox patriot | September 12, 2019 | 43


Bizarre beginning leads to strong ending for Providence


Freelance Reporter

A strange start to the

game Friday, Sept. 6, may

have been just the spark

Providence Catholic needed.

After a sluggish opening

series that resulted in a

three-and-out by the Celtics

offense, the defense

forced a Morgan Park punt

from the Mustangs’ own

2-yard line. But the punt

went straight up into the

air and fell backward into

the end zone. The Celtics

converged on the Mustangs

player who recovered

for a safety.

Then – after the Celtics’

next offensive series ended

quickly with an interception

– the defense forced

another three-and-out.

This time, however, Providence

sophomore Brayden

Garrigan not only blocked

the punt but also recovered

it in the end zone for a

touchdown to make it 9-0.

Providence rolled from

there, topping Morgan

Park 42-8 in the Celtics'

home opener.

“With our offense

struggling, we knew we

were going to go after

the punts,” Providence

coach Mark Coglianese

said. “They weren’t good

snaps, so it’s not like we

did much. But if that is

the spark we needed to get

things going, that’s what

we had to do, I guess.”

Providence senior defensive

lineman Elias Valdez

said the wacky start

got the Celtics going.

“I’ve never seen anything

like that,” Valdez

said. “It just turned up the

tempo, made everyone

better and made everyone

feel more locked down.

Everyone was [saying],


1 2 3 4 F

Morgan Park 0 0 0 8 8

Providence 9 27 6 0 42

Three Stars of the Game

1. Aaron Vaughn, Providence, sophomore running back – 14

rushes, 105 rushing yards, three rushing TDs

2. Kevin Conway, Providence, junior quarterback – 5-of-7

passing, 63 passing yards, two passing TDs; four

rushes, 36 rushing yards

3. Elias Valdez, Providence, senior, defensive lineman – two


‘All right, we’ve got this.’

It made everyone perform

and play, and it made everyone

get their mindsets


Valdez led the way with

two sacks in the game, as

the Celtics (2-0) kept Morgan

Park’s offense on its

heels all night. The Mustangs

(0-2) only managed

one score late in the fourth

quarter when the Celtics’

second unit was in.

“Honestly, since we

switched to the four-man

front this year, everything

is flowing way smoother,”

Valdez said of the defense’s

dominance the first

two weeks of the season.

“Run – no one can get anywhere

on us, because our

guys just get their gaps all

day, every day. Pass rush

– everyone was working

all offseason to get everything

down that we needed

to. We did everything we

needed to do, and it led to

a [win].”

Meanwhile, the Celtics

offense was able to rebound

after the tough start

by stringing together 27

points in the second quarter.

It started with a 7-yard

touchdown pass from junior

quarterback Kevin

Conway to senior wide receiver

Lucas Porto.

Later, sophomore Aaron

Vaughn took it to the house

on a 25-yard touchdown

run. Conway then connected

with senior wide receiver

Jerrell Wright for a

19-yard touchdown strike.

Vaughn capped the firsthalf

scoring with a 69-yard

touchdown run to make it


“A little bit through the

second quarter, our offense

started to click a little bit,”

Coglianese said. “I told the

guys at halftime: Playing

that [way in the] first quarter

offensively is not going

to cut it. Maybe, it is part

of a wake-up call. We need

to get going offensively.

We can’t wait and expect

the defense to keep putting

points on the board. We’re

going to work harder in

practice and turn up the intensity,

because that’s the

way it’s going to be next

Friday at [Brother] Rice.”

Early in the third quarter,

Vaughn got the running

clock going with his third

touchdown of the night – a

4-yard run on a pitch from

Conway to make it 42-0.

Vaughn finished with

105 rushing yards on 14

carries, while Conway

ended the day 5-of-7 passing

for 63 yards. Conway

also had 36 rushing yards

on four attempts.

Next week, Providence

travels to Brother Rice (2-

0) – something Coglianese

Jerrell Wright (14) and Lucas Porto celebrate a touchdown Friday, Sept. 6, in the

Celtics’ 42-8 win over Morgan Park in New Lenox. Photos by Julie McMann/22nd

Century Media

Kevin Countryman makes a tackle Friday, Sept. 6, during Providence’s 42-8 win over

Morgan Park in New Lenox.

knows will be a tough test

for his squad.

The Crusaders were the

Class 8A state runner-up

last season and beat the

Celtics 20-0.

“I told our guys, and

they know, that we’ve got

to be better,” Coglianese

said. “Next week, we’re

going to have a huge challenge

with Brother Rice.

At practice, we’ve got to

turn it up, because it seems

like we just came out kind

of flat. With our schedule

down the road, we’re not

going to be able to afford

to do that. We’re not going

to get those easy points off

of special teams in the future.”

And despite the early

success for the defense,

Valdez said the group isn’t

getting overconfident.

“We’re not going to get

too confident, because

we still have to play every

game like it is our last

game,” he said. “We can’t

let anything get ahead of us

or anything get behind us.”

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Knights roll to road rout as defense impresses again

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Senior linebacker and

captain Zack Orr wants to

set a high standard for the

Lincoln-Way Central defense.

“I’m just trying to come

out and set the tone for what

we want to be as a defense,”

Orr said. “I want to be an

example of what we want

to be on ‘D.’ I want to play

that way every time out.”

If Orr’s play on Saturday,

Sept. 7, was symbolic of

what the Knights’ defense

will be, Central is in for a

fun year.

In fact, just about everyone

on the defensive side

set a good example during

a 46-6 crushing of host


Combine that showing

with holding Richards –

the No. 1 team in the state

in Class 6A – and Iowa

recruit running back Leshon

Williams to 14 points

in the season opener, and

the Knights’ defense sure

seems stout.

“We only game up 14

points to Richards, only six

[to Bloomington], I’m feeling

the hit squad is clicking

on all cylinders and we’re

ready to go the rest of the


1 2 3 4 F

LW Central 14 17 7 8 46

Bloomington 0 0 6 0 6


1. Danny Reyna, LW Central, senior running back --- 19

carries, 151 yards, four touchdowns

2. Zack Orr, LW Central, senior linebacker --- three tackles

for loss

3. Colin Eberhart, LW Central, senior defensive lineman ---

fumble recovery, fourth-down tackle

season,” said senior defensive

lineman Colin Eberhart.

Eberhart was a key factor

in the Knights (1-1) dominating

the line of scrimmage.

He had a fumble recovery

and a big tackle to

stop a fourth-and-1 attempt

by the Purple Raiders (1-1).

“I think our physicality

was a lot better,” he said.

“We were getting bodies

around the football all day,

I don’t think we made a lot

of mistakes and we played

good, clean football.

“I think our guys are

some boys. We’ve got

some strength on the line

and their o-line was just not

ready to handle it.”

Orr, meanwhile, was the

most dominant player on

the field. He was constantly

in the backfield, making

three of Central’s eight

tackles for loss.

“Zack’s a special kid,”

Central coach Jeremy

Cordell said. “He played

really well [against Richards],

too. He did a really

nice job of being physical,

being there in the flats, setting

the perimeter for us.

He’s a really good leader.”

Central outgained the

Purple Raiders 366-100.

After being held in check

by Richards, the Knights’

offense exploded in Bloomington.

Senior running back

Danny Reyna led the way,

piling up 151 yards and four

touchdowns on 19 carries.

“We played how we think

LW Central linebacker Zack Orr brings down

Bloomington’s DaQwan Davis during the Knights’ 46-6

win Saturday, Sept. 7. STEVE MILLAR/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

we should be playing,” Reyna

said. “[Week one], I think

was kind of a fluke. We definitely

could have won that

game. We had chances to

score and we just couldn’t

get it done. This is what we

expect to do.”

The Knights scored

touchdowns on their first

three possessions, with

Reyna reaching the end

zone on a pair of 4-yard

runs and Liam Higgins hitting

Charlie Graefen for a

21-yard touchdown pass.

“[The first drive] definitely

set the tone,” Reyna

said. “That’s what we’re

supposed to do. Our linemen

did a really good job

blocking, the whole offense

clicked, we played as one.”

Carter Bojan added 10

carries for 70 yards and a


Higgins was efficient,

finishing 6-of-8 for 70


The Knights put the game

away by scoring 10 points

over the final 38 seconds of

the first half.

After Reyna scored on

a 2-yard touchdown run,

Central’s defense forced a

quick three-and-out and senior

Luke Juricek blocked

the Bloomington punt.

That set up sophomore

Jake Andjelic’s 43-yard

field goal with two seconds

to go.

Andjelic was also 5-for-5

on extra points.

Indeed, the Knights were

strong in all facets of the

game as Ian Troester’s 31-

yard punt return – which

set up Higgins’ touchdown

pass – added to the success

on special teams.

Bloomington went 7-3 in

2018 and routed Danville

36-0 in its 2019 opener but

was no match for Central.

“We knew we had to

come out and put our best

foot forward because they

have guys that can play,”

Cordell said. “Our game

plan was just to go at them.”

The Knights now enter

conference play in the

SouthWest Suburban, beginning

with a trip to Lockport

on Friday, Sept. 13.

The Porters (0-2) have lost

their last 11 games.

Before Central could

look ahead to that contest,

though, there was a long,

but happy bus ride home

from Bloomington.

“We’re going to be blaring

music on the bus,” Eberhart

said. “We’re going to

be patting each other on the

shoulders. It’s going to be

a much more eventful ride


Our staff’s predictions for the top games in Week 3

Week 1 leader Steve Millar just received an

award from the Illinois High School Soccer

Coaches Association as Girls Soccer Person of the

Year for 2018 over the weekend, but he is not

perfect. Thomas Czaja was perfect, and Sean

Hastings darn near perfect, in Week 2, and we

have a three-way tie at the top.

Game of the Week

• Providence Catholic (2-0) at Brother Rice (2-0)

Other Games to Watch

• Lincoln-Way West (1-1) at Sandburg (1-1)

• Andrew (2-0) at Homewood-Flossmoor (2-0)

• Lincoln-Way Central (1-1) at Lockport (0-2)

• Oak Forest (0-2) at Tinley Park (0-2)

• Bradley Bourbonnais (1-1) at LW East (2-0)


Thomas Czaja |


• Brother Rice 24, Providence 20.

Celtics nearly avenge last year’s

20-0 loss, but the home team hangs

on for the win.

• LW West

• Homewood-Flossmoor

• LW Central

• Tinley Park

• LW East


Sean Hastings |

Contributing Editor

• Providence 28, Brother Rice 21.

Provi gets good win on the road in

a tight game.

• LW West

• Homewood-Flossmoor

• LW Central

• Tinley Park

• LW East


Steve Millar |

Sports Editor

• Brother Rice 24, Providence 20.

Defense, running game keep Celtics

in it but 2018 Class 8A runners-up

have a little too much at home.

• LW West

• Homewood-Flossmoor

• LW Central

• Tinley Park

• LW East


Jeff Vorva |

Sports Editor

• Brother Rice 27, Providence 20. Last

year, the Crusaders shut the Celtics

out, but that won’t happen this

year. Still, I like Rice’s home-field


• LW West

• Homewood-Flossmoor

• LW Central

• Tinley Park

• LW East


Joe Coughlin |


• Brother Rice 20, Providence 17.

Host Crusaders tame the Celtics’

potent offense.

• LW West

• Homewood-Flossmoor

• LW Central

• Tinley Park

• LW East


Heather Warthen |

Chief Marketing Officer

• Providence 21, Brother Rice 14.

Tough game, but Celtics take home

a victory on the road.

• LW West

• Homewood-Flossmoor

• LW Central

• Tinley Park

• LW East

46 | September 12, 2019 | the new lenox patriot sports

Carberry, Marconi lead LW West to key win over Evanston


After a pretty dreadful

Week 1 loss to Hersey, the

Lincoln-Way West Warriors

football team knew

it needed to flip the switch

as it came out to take

on Evanston in its home


Every time Evanston

threatened to keep itself in

the game with a big play

here and a big play there,

the Warriors’ defense

found a way to answer the

call themselves, or set up

their offense to push the

ball up field.

The result was a very

important 38-24 win for

West in New Lenox.

The game was tied 14-

14 at halftime as the Warriors

(1-1) let an early 14-0

lead slip away.

But early in the third

quarter — two plays after

senior kicker Damian

Chowaniec gave West the

lead on a 39-yard field

goal — senior linebacker

Brett Carberry jumped in

front of a pass and took it

27 yards to the end zone

for a score, making it 24-


Carberry, among others,

made good reads all night

on hitch plays Evanston


“We practiced it all

week,” Carberry said. “I

got really good looks from

the scout [team], they were

running hard. I saw him in

the curl, I got back to him

and I did my job.

“I just want to do my job,

get it done and when it’s

all done with, I just want

to win the game. When it’s

all over with [a win], that’s

the best feeling.”

After Evanston (1-1)

pulled within seven on a

field goal on the next drive,

a 79-yard touchdown run

Evanston at LW West, Sept. 6

1 2 3 4 F

Evanston 7 7 3 7 24

LW West 14 0 17 7 38

Three Stars of the Game

1. Caleb Marconi, LW West, senior running back: 14 carries,

201 yards, three touchdowns; 79-yard TD run

2. Brett Carberry, LW West, senior linebacker: Interception

return for touchdown, eight tackles

3. Brody Ceh, LW West, senior quarterback : 8-of-15

passing, 103 yards, touchdown

from senior running back

Caleb Marconi late in the

third quarter all but secured

the win for West.

Marconi had two Evanston

players hit near his

lower leg on the run, and

said he was surprised he

stayed up and was able

to run with speed for the


“I started to break stride

and looked behind me and,

I don’t know, I didn’t know

I was that fast,” Marconi

said, with a laugh. “It was

refreshing knowing that I

can run pretty fast.”

Marconi had 155 yards

from touchdown runs

alone. He had a 12-yard

touchdown run on the first

Warrior drive of the game

and followed up on the

next drive with a 64-yard

touchdown run. He finished

with 201 yards on 14


Marconi was part of an

offense that put together

396 yards and had only

one turnover.

Evanston had four defensive

touchdowns in its

season opener against St.

Patrick, winning 38-0.

After the West offense

struggled to sustain drives

in week one, it was a different

story in week two,

which Marconi, Carberry

and senior quarterback

Brody Ceh all said is the

time to see the biggest improvement.

Ceh was 8-of-15 passing

for 103 yards with

one interception and one

touchdown pass — a 13-

yard fade to senior wide

receiver Joel Madrigal in

the back right corner of the

end zone.

One thing in particular

Ceh did consistently well

was escape the pressure

from the Wildkit defense.

“I felt pretty confident,”

Ceh said. “I’m surrounded

by some of the most talented

guys in the state

with Billy Dozier, Joel

Madrigal and those guys

up front made great holes

for me when I was reading

the read option.”

Running those read options

kept Evanston on its

toes, unable to force the

turnovers it did week one,

Ceh said.

Ceh’s touchdown pass

was set up by a 43-yard

pass to senior wide receiver

Billy Dozier and 12

yards of rushing from Ceh.

Meanwhile, on the defensive

side, West coach

Dave Ernst said Carberry

played one of the best

games he's seen a linebacker

play for the Warriors.

Besides the interception,

Carberry had eight tackles,

ranking third on the team

behind senior linebacker

Griffin Ketelaar with 11

Lincoln-Way West’s Caleb Marconi and Brody Ceh (17) celebrate Friday, Sept. 6, after

one of Marconi’s three touchdowns runs in the Warriors’ 38-24 win over Evanston.

Photos by Bob Klein/22nd Century Media

Lincoln-Way West’s Billy Dozier looks for running room Friday, Sept. 6, during the

Warriors’ 38-24 win over Evanston.

and sophomore defensive

back Eric Nowak, who had


“He was getting under

curls and forcing [Evanston]

to check the ball

down, when he blitzed he

was collapsing the pocket,

half of those runs where

the quarterback got pressured

and ran was because

it was him," Ernst said.

"He was flying around.

He’s on punt, kickoff and

just a really good player.

He’s a good kid, too.”

Two of the toughest

games are out of the way

for the Warriors. Matchups

with SouthWest Suburban

powers Homewood-Flossmoor

and Lincoln-Way

East loom in the distance,

but West is definitely not

counting out a team like

Sandburg, which the Warriors

face on the road Friday,

Sept. 13.

“We’re going to forget

about [the Hersey game]

and build off this one,”

Ernst said. “We’ve got

Sandburg next week, who

always plays us tough

and they’re really wellcoached.

“It’s hard to go into

Sandburg to play. It’s not

going to be an easy game.” sports

the new lenox patriot | September 12, 2019 | 47


Bob Klein/22nd Century


1st and 3





1. Challenges ahead

for LW West

Andrew, LW

Central, LW East

and Homewood-

Flossmoor are all

on the conference

slate. Brody Ceh

(above) and the

Warriors have

shown an ability to

put up points.

2. LW Central a


The Knights have

impressed through

two weeks with

a close loss to

Richards and a rout

at Bloomington. LW

Central plays at LW

West on Sept. 27

and hosts LW East

on Oct. 4

3. LW East’s streak

Can anyone beat

East? The Griffins

have won 15

straight conference


Girls golf

Pyle, Schiene tie for top score as Knights finish third


Freelance Reporter

Lincoln-Way Central

knows what it is like

to make it to state. The

Knights qualified for state

as a team the past two

seasons and placed third

in Class 2A last year. But

the 2016 state champion,

Grace Curran, and the state

runner-up the past two

seasons, Bri Bolden, both

graduated. Curran is now

playing at Minnesota and

Bolden at Missouri.

“Obviously we lost Bri

and Grace and they’re Division

I athletes,” senior

Maddie Pyle said. “So

they’re not here to carry

the team. But we have a lot

of tournaments coming up

so I’m excited to see what

this team does and where

we go from here.”

Pyle is one of four returners

from that thirdplace

team, however.

She teamed with another

of the returners, fellow senior

Carly Schiene, to tie

for the best score in a special

scramble format Sept.

5 at the Lincoln-Way Central


The tournament, played

on the back nine at The

Sanctuary, used a two-ball

format, with pairs of two

golfers teaming up to form

one score in a best-ball


Pyle and Schiene, along

with Sandburg juniors

Soonbi Kwon and Nicole

Robertson, tied for the top

score with 32.

Sandburg (102) took the

team title, edging LW East

(104). LW Central (106)

was third, followed by

Lockport (112), Lemont

(119) and Mother McAuley


Junior Sydney Miron,

who was also on the

Knights’ state team a

year ago, and sophomore

Emma Vander Wall came

in with a 36, and the team

of sophomore Claire Dubois

and junior state returner

Caitlyn Parrish had

a 38.

“I thought the tournament

went really good,”

Pyle said. “It was fun to

play a scramble format and

it was a good, laid-back

tournament on a weekday.”

Central coach Brian

Shannon was glad to make

the change.

“It used to be stroke play

but we went to a scramble

format to change it up,” he

said. “It was just a chance

for everyone to compete

and have fun.”

The regular season is

halfway done and Shannon

believes this group

can make another run to


“We are working with

each other,” Shannon said.

“We’ve been close all season.

We lost our dual meet

to East [on Aug. 21] on a

fifth-score tiebreaker. We

lost to Hinsdale Central

by only four strokes and

we won our part of the


Co-Ed Invite [on Aug.

31]. We’ve been competitive

and that’s what we


Although Lincoln-Way

East fell just short of the

title, it’s been a great year

so far for the Griffins.

“We won the Lincoln-

Way Cup,” East coach

Mary McGivern said of

the annual event between

the Lincoln-Way schools.

“We’re 5-0 in dual meets

and off to our best start in

a long time.

“We’ve had multiple

people step up for us. Our

top four players from last

year are back. The girls

worked really hard in the

offseason and are doing


A pair of East teams

scored 34, junior Maddie

Kenny and senior Jessica

Loera, as well as junior

Annie Hackett and sophomore

Kailey White.

Sophomore Natalie

Papa and senior Grace

Wilk brought in a 36.

“We’ve had a really

good season,” White said.

“We are just playing our

best golf and working

hard. We’ve put in a lot of

work and we are just coming

together as a team. I

really like playing here

at Sanctuary and it was a

good format.”

White was the lone Griffin

state qualifier last fall.

She wants to go back next

month but also take her

team with her.

LW Central senior Maddie Pyle teamed with Carly

Schiene to shoot a 32 in the scramble format, tying for

the top score at the Lincoln-Way Central Invitational.

22nd Century Media file photo

“It was a fun experience

and going into future years

I will know what to expect,”

White said. “But we

really want to make it to

state as a team. We really

want that.”

Lockport was led by

a 34 from senior Megan

Kohley and junior Katie

Tomczuk. Junior Claire

Ancevicius and senior Rachel

Kuzel carded a 36 and

junior Fiona Heeney along

with sophomore Maddie

Renfro had a 42.

“In this format we just

took the best ball and went

from there,” Lockport

coach Matt Major said.

“It’s fun for the kids, they

enjoyed it.

“We still have [last

year’s state qualifier]

Lizzie Anderson out. Everything

else is going OK.

But we need to improve

some more.”

Ancevicius agreed.

“We definitely need to

practice more,” she said.

“This can still be our year

to do something but we

have to step up.

“I liked the [scramble]

format at the Lincoln-

Way Central Invite. I like

that you play with another

teammate and it was like

Rachel and I got together

to form one golfer. I like

the course here at Sanctuary.

We were balanced. I

was better with my drives

and she was better with the

chip shots.”


“We only gave up 14 points to Richards, only six [to

Bloomington], I’m feeling the hit squad is clicking on all

cylinders and we’re ready to go the rest of the season.”

Colin Eberhart – LW Central defensive lineman, on the team’s

defensive success so far

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Central’s Willner nine on

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Knights, Warriors rebound from opening losses with big victories, Pages 46, 45

LEFT: Lincoln-Way Central running back Danny Reyna sheds the tackle attempt from Bloomington’s Ivan Smith on Saturday, Sept. 7, in Bloomington. Reyna ran

for 151 yards and four touchdowns in the Knights’ 46-6 win. STEVE MILLAR/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

RIGHT: Lincoln-Way West’s Brett Carberry celebrates a big play Friday, Sept. 6, during the Warriors’ 38-24 win over Evanston. BOB KLEIN/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

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