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Regina Dominican students overcome STEM stereotypes, Page 4

Junior Leia Spaniak, of

Northbrook, talks with

classmates during an

honors physics class

Friday, Dec. 8, at Regina

Dominican High School

in Wilmette.

INSET: Senior Bella

Reyes, of Chicago,

works with a microscope

during class. Photos


Dealing with

new realities

Kenilworth talks local

business at forum, Page 3

Making a


Wilmette venturers improve

Skokie Lagoons, Page 16

Shopping season

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Observation Day at Trinity

9:15 a.m. Dec. 12, Trinity

Church Nursery School,

1024 Lake Ave., Wilmette

Trinity Church Nursery

School is hosting Observation

Days for prospective

parents. Participants will

get a tour of the school, see

classes in action, meet the

staff, and receive a brief

presentation where they

have an opportunity to ask

questions. To reserve a

spot, contact sue@trinitywilmette.org.

Private Movie Screening

6-10 p.m. Dec. 12,

Wilmette Theatre, 1122

Central Ave., Wilmette.

The public is invited to

a movie screening of the

film, “Foster Boy,” partially

filmed in Chicago.

The film was written by

Chicago attorney, Jay Paul

Deratany, and is based on

events from his foster care

cases and sheds light on

the horrible mistreatment

of children in the for-profit

foster care system. $20

per peson includes an appetizer

buffet prior to film

and Q&A after. For more

information and to reserve

a seat for the screening,



‘The Nutcracker’

Dec. 13-15, Community

Recreation Center, 3000

Glenview Road, Wilmette.

The annual Center for the

Arts production is a popular

holiday tradition. Tickets

will be available online

and in person.


Holiday Cookies

Noon-1:30 p.m. Dec.

14, Wilmette Public Library,

1242 Wilmette Ave.

New York Times Best

Holiday Cookies — Cookbook

Book Club. Just in

time for the holiday season!


Skate with Santa

1-2:45 p.m. Dec. 15,

Centennial Ice Rinks, 2300

Old Glenview Road. Can

Santa really skate? Join

Santa on the ice and find

out. Activities will include

candy cane giveaways,

snowman building, relay

races and a shoot-the-puck

contest. Nonperishable or

canned food items will be

donated to the New Trier

Township Food Pantry.

Holiday Skating Exhibition

3-6 p.m. Dec. 15, Centennial

Ice Rinks, 2300

Old Glenview Road. Holiday

skating exhibition is a

showcase of park district

skaters’ talents that gives

them an opportunity to

perform for an audience.

Last year 70 skaters were

part of this special event.

Stick around Centennial

after “Skate with Santa”

and get a glimpse of the

up-and-coming stars. Program

free to public.

Hanukkah celebration

6 p.m. Dec. 15, Beth

Hillel Bnai Emunah, 3220

Big Tree Lane, Wilmette.

“The Light of Song.” Holiday

dinner with latke bar

and gelt fish. Songs and

candles. Micro play: “A

Charlie Brown Hanukkah.”


musical happening with

Rebecca Toon of the Old

Town School.


Imagination Playground

9 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 16,

Wilmette Public Library,

1242 Wilmette Ave. For

the whole family. Come

build and play with our big

blue blocks! Block play

is great for developing

STEM skills and creativity,

but most of all, it’s fun!


Wiggleworms Party

10:30-11 a.m. Dec. 17,

Wilmette Library, 1242

Wilmette Ave. For whole

family. During the storytime

breaks bring your

little ones for music and

dancing with these special

guests from the Old Town

School of Folk Music!


Toddler Art

10:30-11:15 a.m. Dec.

18, Wilmette Public Library,

1242 Wilmette Ave.

Ages 1-3 with an adult.

Bring in your toddler to

make some age-appropriate

crafts to take home.

You can leave the mess

here! Siblings welcome.


Sing Together at Mather

10:30-11 a.m. Dec. 19,

Mather Place, 2801 Old

Glenivew Road. All ages.

Join our senior neighbors

at Mather Place for a singalong

of traditional songs.

Additional instruments


Growing Neighbors

3-4:30 p.m. Dec. 20,

Wilmette Public Library,

1242 Wilmette Ave. For

the whole family. Join the

library for a television visit

to “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood”

followed by a discussion

and service project

or activity inspired by

what we saw there.

Frosty Tales

10:30-11 a.m. Dec. 21,

Wilmette Public Library,

1242 Wilmette Ave. Ages

3 and up. Welcome winter

with seasonal stories,

songs, and activities.


Holiday Learn-to-Skate

Through Jan. 4, Centennial

Ice Rink, 2300 Old

Glenview Road, Wilmette.

This mini-series of lessons

is for children who have

never been on skates, or

who have not had formal

lessons. Registration is

Sunday, Dec. 1.

Books Down Under

Hours vary, Wilmette

Public Library, 1242 Wilmette

Ave. Friends of the

Wilmette Public Library

has the only bookstore in

town. Books Down Under

is a used bookstore on the

Library’s Lower Level.

Donated books are sold at

bargain prices and book

sales support library programs,

events, art installations

and materials. Books

Down Under has expanded

their hours. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday;

9 a.m.-5 p.m. and

7-8:45 p.m. Tuesday and

Thursday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Type 1 Diabetes Lounge

7 p.m., second Wednesday,

Wilmette Public Library,

1242 Wilmette Ave.

The Type 1 Diabetes

Lounge provides a supportive

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provided by medical and

technical professionals

with topics such as research

updates, cuttingedge

technologies, management

techniques and

lifestyle issues.

Connect with peers to

exchange information,

feelings and ideas for creative

problem solving.

Find out more at type1diabeteslounge.org.

World War II Veterans’


10-11:30 a.m., third

Wednesday of every

month, Wilmette Public

Library, 1242 Wilmette

Ave., Wilmette.

World War II veterans

gather for lively conversation

and plentiful coffee.

Participants rarely miss a


Newcomers are welcome.

Observation Days

By appointment, weekdays,

Rose Hall Montessori

School, 1140 Wilmette

Ave., Wilmette.

Observation days are held

every day at Rose Hall, so

call the school to schedule

an appointment.

Observe a classroom,

meet with the director and

learn about how a Montessori

school can benefit

your child.

Schedule an appointment

by emailing admin@

rosehallmontessori.org or

by calling (847) 256-2002.

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Kenilworth, North Shore villages look to adapt to changing retail landscape

Annual forum

sponsored by LWV

Todd Marver

Freelance Reporter

Every year on the first

Thursday in December,

village presidents and village

managers from three

communities get together

for the annual State of

the Villages forum hosted

by the League of Women

Voters of Winnetka-Northfield-Kenilworth

at Kenilworth

Union Church.

This year on Thursday,

Dec. 5, a common theme

amongst the three communities

is working to adapt

to the changing retail landscape.

Back in July, the Kenilworth

Village Board

unanimously voted to implement

a tax increment

financing district, in part

to invigorate its business


“We are kidding ourselves

if we think we can

remain a healthy and vibrant

community without

adapting to today’s world,”

Kenilworth Village President

Ann Potter said. “The

establishment of the TIF

district allows us to deal

with chronic issues. Our

business district has been

woefully inadequate.”

Kenilworth Village

Manager Patrick Brennan

felt the reasons for implementing

the TIF district

were twofold. He said that

about 72 percent of the

revenue it receives in its

general fund comes from

property taxes, while its

neighbors are between

20 and 35 percent. Additionally,

he said only

about four percent of all

the property tax revenue

it receives comes from the

business district.

“(Implementing the

TIF district) was for two

primary purposes in my

mind: to help shift the residential

property tax burden

and start to vitalize the

business district so we can

provide more amenities to

the residents who are here

and our neighbors,” Brennan


At its Tuesday, Dec. 3

meeting, the Northfield

Village Board signaled

initial opposition to recreational

cannabis dispensaries

at this time with the

possibility of revisiting

this issue in a year’s time

after dispensaries open in

other communities. Northfield

Village President

Joan Frazier was the most

supportive of the board

members to allow dispensaries,

due to the changing

retail landscape.

“If it had been up to me

alone, I would have allowed

them because there

is a retail apocalypse,”

Frazier said. “We have

to consider new ways of

funding our communities.

Retail isn’t what it used

to be. We’ve got to really

think long and hard about

whether we can or can’t

have it in our community.”

Northfield Village Manager

Stacy Sigman mentioned

another way to

Posing (left to right) are Winnetka’s Village President

Chris Rintz and Village Manager Rob Bahan;

Northfield’s Village President Joan Frazier and Village

Manager Stacy Sigman; and Kenilworth’s Village

President Ann Potter and Village Manager Patrick

Brennan. Photo Submitted

combat the changing retail

landscape: writing flexible

zoning codes.

“Traditional zoning is a

thing of the past,” she said.

“I think our communities

are going to have to think


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STEM participation at Regina

Dominican shows continued growth

Eric DeGrechie, Editor

Regina Dominican junior Leia Spaniak, of Northbrook,

prepares to test the weight-bearing ability of the bridge

she built in her honors physics class at the Wilmette

high school. Photo submitted

Though numerous studies

indicate a large gap between

the number of males

versus females graduating

college with a STEM degree,

Wilmette’s Regina

Dominican is bucking that

national trend.

While a recent study

done by Microsoft, specifically,

found only 6.7

percent of women getting

degrees in science, technology,

engineering and

math, 46 percent of Regina’s

Class of 2019 chose

to pursue STEM in college

according to Della Burns,

vice president of marketing

for the school. She

added that number was an

increase over 41 percent in

2018 at the all-girl school.

“I’ve always been interested

in STEM. It started

out with watching space

shows on the Science

Channel,” said junior Leia

Spaniak, of Northbrook. “I

didn’t know coming here

that I wanted to do STEM,

but doing programs outside

of school got me focused

on a career path in

STEM at Regina.”

Teacher Sandra Loder

created an introductory

engineering class at Regina

three years ago. She’s

witnessed first-hand the

continued growth and enthusiasm

for the program.

“It gives the girls a

chance to understand what

engineers do, that it’s a

very creative field,” said

Loder, who also teaches

honors precalculus and AP

calculus. “[They learn] engineers

are problem-solvers

and making the world

better for people.”

Loder said that there

was interest in engineering

right away when it was

introduced. Though the

creation of an engineering

club didn’t work out, students

began signing up for

classes and word of mouth

spread. There have been

discussions to include a

second semester of engineering.

Regina currently has

a prescribed curriculum

of three years of science

which must include a year

of life science, a year of

physical science and a

year of choosing for the

students. According to

Heidi Eichler, who teaches

freshman biology, AP biology

and anatomy, the vast

majority of students do at

least four years and often


“We’ve had students

graduate with 12 and 13

science credits. A lot of our

junior and senior offerings

are in elective courses, so

they can mix and match to

put different things together,”

Eichler said. “We’ve

had a lot of students go far

beyond the graduation requirement.”

Many upperclassmen

like Bella Reyes, of Chicago,

double up with STEM

majors. The Chicago senior

is studying anatomy

and AP biology. In addition,

she recently crafted

more than 500 math equations

to create a fun Halloween


“Math has always been

a little hobby of mine. I’ve

always loved doing it,”

Reyes said. “During elementary

school when we

were learning basic math,

he would teach me algebra.”

Inspired by “The Nightmare

Before Christmas,”

she wanted to create a

scene from the movie using

math. Next thing she

knew, Reyes had computed

out more than 500

equations to make it a reality.

“That was a really fun

project. It was time-consuming

but I enjoyed the

time I used,” said Reyes,

who is leaning toward

pursuing the medical field

when she enters college

next fall.

Spaniak recently hooked

up with NASA and the International

Space Station.

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Police Reports

House intruders burst into locked

bedroom at Wilmette residence

A resident in the 4000

block of Fairway Drive

in Wilmette reported to

police that they heard

“knocking noises” around

their house at 11:13 a.m.

Dec. 3 while they sat reading

in their bedroom.

The locked bedroom

door then burst open as a

man described as a Hispanic

male in his 20s

standing 5 foot, 8 inches to

5-10, with dark hair under

a cap and facial stubble,

stepped in.

Upon seeing the resident

he turned and fled. He was

joined by an additional

male and they both ran out

the rear slider. Cash and

assorted items were reported


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Dec. 6

• A resident in the 800

block of Michigan Avenue

told police that between

10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 4

an unknown offender(s)

cut the padlock on their

trailer and stole tools. The

trailer was left at the location

to store tools for the

construction project the

victim was working on.

Dec. 5

• Jason E. Kaulas, 49, of

13th Street, Wilmette, was

arrested and charged with

driving under the influence

after being stopped

for minor traffic violations

at 1:28 p.m. Dec. 5 at Lake

Avenue and 17th Street.

He was allegedly found to

be impaired and taken into

custody for DUI. Kaulas

refused a breath test was

processed and driven



• Nothing to report for the

week of Nov. 29-Dec. 6.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Wilmette

Beacon Police Reports

are compiled from official

reports found on file at the

Wilmette and Kenilworth police

headquarters. They are

ordered by the date the incident

was reported. Individuals

named in these reports

are considered innocent of all

charges until proven guilty in

a court of law.

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Holiday Happenings lights up Wilmette

Stella Marie Mullman

Jeremy and Jennifer

Mullman, of Wilmette

Rescued via Chicago’s

One Tail at a Time shelter

this spring, Stella has

quickly made Wilmette

her home. This unique


mix can be found

cheerfully greeting both

two- and four-legged folks

alike around Wheeler Park, happily frolicking on

the Gilson Dog Beach and occasionally bounding

over a white picket fence to greet her friends and/

or the occasional neighborhood bunny or squirrel.

Her other hobbies include playing with her human

siblings, Jack and Jossie, and eating.

To see your pet as Pet of the Week, send information to

eric@wilmettebeacon.com or 60 Revere Drive, Suite 888,

Northbrook, IL 60062.

Alexa Burnell

Freelance Reporter

The holidays are upon

the North Shore and

thanks to the Wilmette/

Kenilworth Chamber of

Commerce so are the great

shopping deals, good

times and goodwill.

On Saturday, Dec. 7, the

Village was set all aglow

during the all-day Holiday

Happenings, where residents

found a number of

ways to get into the spirit

of the season.

First, at Plaza Del

Lago, RPAI management

partnered with Wilmettebased

The Kindness Connection,

building bears

for hospitalized children.

Wilmette’s Anne Kelly

of A.S.K. Media was on

hand, warmed to see the

outpouring of goodwill


“Watching all these

families make a toy for

a youngster who may be

NT Swing Choir sings Saturday, Dec. 7. Photo submitted

spending the holidays in

the hospital was beyond

heartwarming,” she said.

“The collaboration with

the Kindness Connection

was truly wonderful and

kickstarted the day on the

most positive note.”

In addition to the acts of

goodwill, the store owners

at the Plaza and in the Village

Center, too, offered

fun-filled swag bags for

some of the first shoppers.

These swag bags weren’t

just any ordinary bags.

Not only did they sport the

“Wilmetteonomics” logo,

reminding all to shop local

this season, they can

be reused at participating

stores for future deals and


New to town was business

owner Gretchen

Miller, of Wild Child

Toys. While this Glencoe

resident has owned a sister

toy store in her own Village

for years, she recently

opened a second shop

in Wilmette, grateful to

be back in a neighboring

town she cherishes very


Throughout it all,

Chamber Executive Director

Julie Yusim literally

pranced around town with

Santa himself, happily

earning the title of “Mrs.

Claus” during the day.

As the movie let out,

families headed to the Village

Hall where President

Bob Bielinski took to the

podium with his daughter,

Maggie, by his side. After

thanking the Chamber and

the Village for all their

work in seeing the day

come to fruition he gave

a few words of inspiration

before officially lighting

the holiday trees.

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She had submitted several

studies she was working

on, including one with an

objective to determine the

impact of weightlessness

on the supplement asthaxanthin

as a treatment

for Alzheimer’s and other

diseases. Though NASA

passed on that study, they

did select another of Spaniak’s

research cases.

“The one that ended going

up [to space] is an algae

that produces an antiinflammatory.

It generally

produces more when it’s

under stress where the survival

conditions are uncertain,”

Spaniak said. “We

wanted to see if it produces

more under zero gravity to

make it more cost-efficient

because right now it’s produced

artificially on Earth.

[This] makes it a lot more

expensive than it would be

if done naturally.”

Spaniak and her fellow

team of young scientists

hatched the idea over the

summer as part of a camp

project with Higher Orbits,

a non-profit based out

of Virginia with a mission

of promoting STEM. Her

team won a local competition

before taking first

place nationally.

“I cried [when I found

out that we won],” said

Spaniak, who added that

the algae is currently being

studied in space and she’s

not sure when it will return

from the space station.

According to the teachers

and students, competing

with boys can be a

challenge for girls, especially

in co-ed institutions.

While boys are more apt to

raise their hands, girls can

sometimes be shy or stay

quiet during STEM discussions

in class.

“I previously taught

co-ed and even as part of

science teacher education,

one of the things you

talk about is how you really

need to make an effort

to sort of draw out

and call on females with

the classes,” Eichler said.

“They [females] are more

reticent to raise their hands

when males are involved,

but when you walk over

and look at their papers,

they’ve got it all down.”

Loder recently oversaw

engineering classes at a

co-ed high school to get

a better idea of what was

going on at other institutions.

Though she’s hopeful

things are trending the

right way, she was still surprised

to see only three to

four females in a class of

20 engineer students.

“It was no better than

what is was like when I

was an engineering student

back in the day,” Loder

said. “But here, 100 percent

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Annual Sip ‘N’ Shop promotes Wilmette businesses during holiday season

Alexa Burnell

Freelance Reporter

Eighteen local business

owners opened their doors

after hours during the Wilmette/Kenilworth


of Commerce annual

Sip ‘N’ Shop Thursday,

Dec. 5, where guests were

treated to wine, goodies

and discounts galore.

The popular annual

event designed to unite

shopkeepers with residents

has grown in popularity

over the years,

helping the Julie Yusim,

executive director of the

chamber, spread her “shop

local” message.

“Our goal at the Chamber

is to constantly find

fun and engaging ways

to unite business owners

with the community,”

Yusim said. “This is so

important because these

business owners do so

much more than just provide

quality merchandise.”

Yusim points out that

the sales tax goes right

back into the community

and the small business

owners give Wilmette a

“quintessential, smalltown,

everybody knows

your name” feeling.

“It’s why people want

to live in this community,”

Yusim said. “I mean,

I hate to be the Grinch,

but the latest news from

the Village is that there is

a large sales tax revenue

shortfall. Shopping local

can turn that around,

keeping this community


For Matt Lambrecht,

of Lambrecht’s Jewelers,

the evening wasn’t only

about offering 20 percent

discounts in recognition

of the upcoming holiday,

but also about connecting

with customers in a way

that simply can’t occur


“I know it’s quick and

easy to shop on Amazon,

but people have to ask

themselves, ‘what will

we do if the stores close?’

These shops are not only

our livelihood, they are

our history,” Lambrecht

said. “The folks we work

with are family and the

Village is our home too.

We care about giving back

and we do so by supporting

local schools, sports

teams, dance teams and

more. Along with that,

when you shop at these

Grace Poe (left) and Ali Pearson, of Wilmette, shop at Share during Sip ‘N’ Shop

Thursday, Dec. 5, in Wilmette. Photos by Alexa Burnell/22nd Century Media

small local businesses,

you maintain the health of

your own hometown.”

As other store owners

too strived to send the

message to shop local to

their guests, they also kept

the night lighthearted and

fun. Raffles, prizes, wine,

swag bags and more kept

shoppers skipping from

one store to the next.

At Share, shoppers

gathered to find everything

from scarves and

hats to housewares and

home goods and a little bit

of everything else, nestled

in between.

Wilmette’s Julie Farina

was one of the shoppers

at Share, enjoying quality

time with her good friend,

Lisa Rosenberg, while

hunting for unique finds.

“I’ve been told that

Share is the place to find

some of the best hostess

gifts,” Farina said. “Looks

like they have a lot of interesting

items and the

store is beautifully decorated


Suzie McColl, of Wilmette,

works at Share and

couldn’t agree with Farina’s

sentiments more.

In between helping guests

Lisa Rosenberg, of Wilmette, enjoys the night.

find that perfect something,

she mingled with

those who stopped in simply

to enjoy the vibe.

“I believe Share truly

offers something unique

to the Village of Wilmette.

Karen O’Sullivan [the

owner] really makes this

store a true experience.

The environment is joyful;

the layout is always

slightly different and she

puts intention into how

and why she decorates

and displays items,” Mc-

Coll said. “Right now we

have a lot of home décor

on display which is getting

a lot of attention, particularly

around the holidays.

A night like tonight

reminds us all of what is

available in our own Village.”

After folks stopped in

at popular Village Center

shops like Lad & Lassie,

Hubba-Hubba, YMCA

Shop for Good and more

they headed east to Plaza

Del Lago where all stores

handed out swag bags and

other prizes, helping everyone

enjoy the start of

the gift giving season.

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In Memoriam

Capt’n Nemo’s founder, 88, leaves ‘a great influence on the planet’

Alan P. Henry

Freelance Reporter

For 26 years, Capt’n Nemo’s

in Winnetka has been

a comfort food sanctuary

for hungry North Shore

students, working men and

women, and various other

devotees of bountiful subs,

hearty homemade soups,

and a “secret sauce” that

has been shipped across

the United States.

Lou Ragusi, the man

behind the local culinary

landmark, died Nov. 18 at

age 88.

The lifelong Winnetka

resident opened the first

Capt’n Nemo’s in Rogers

Park in 1971, naming it for

the submarine seafaring

character in Jules Verne’s

books. Opening up on

Green Bay Road, down

the street from New Trier

High School, “was his

idea,” said his son Steve.

“He got it running. All

we had to do was not screw

it up,” Steve said.

To that end, the menu remains

largely unchanged,

featuring favorite subs

such as the Seafarer, Balboa,

South Sea, Ham Dinghy

and Spectacular.

And then there’s the real

keys to success, Steve said.

“‘Don’t compromise

quality and control the flavors,’

he would say. ‘You

cook it, you make it, you

make it consistently good,

and the customer is always

right.’” Steve said, remembering

what his father told


Ragusi believed free

soup samples were also


“‘Don’t be afraid to

give,’ that was one of daddy’s

sayings,” Steve added.

Ragusi was born and

raised at the height of the

Depression. His parents

were immigrants from the

Abruzzo region of Italy.

His mother Erminia was

a homemaker and his father

Michael worked at the

Winnetka Power plant (his

name is on a plaque at the


Ragusi attended Sacred

Heart grade school and

New Trier, and left before

graduating to go to work.

He was a delivery driver

for Homer’s Ice Cream

before serving as a welder

in the Army during the Korean

war. After studying

cooking at the Wasburne

Trade School, he worked

at the Palmer House Hotel

at the Hartford Plaza; he

was general manager of

the restaurant complex.

There were a few bumps

along the way when he

opened the original Capt’n

Nemo’s in 1971 at 7367

North Clark in Chicago.

As Steve recalled it, on

some days total sales were

as little as $12.

But Ragusi believed in

the product, and in 1973

got a federal trademark for

Capt’n Nemo’s.

“He looked at it in the

long, long, long view,”

Steve said. “Now we own

those words.”

They own the subsequent

sale of hundreds of

thousands of subs, as well.

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Throughout his life, Ragusi

possessed a formidable

work ethic.

“He couldn’t stay away

from work,” Steve said. “I

used to say, ‘Daddy, you

can go on vacation’ and he

would day ‘I am on vacation.’

Another one of his

sayings was ‘Do something,

even if it’s wrong.’”

“He was a wonderful dad

and a great influence on the

planet,” Steve added. “He

touched a lot of people in a

supportive way.”

And “have no fear,”

Steve posted in a company

blog, “Nemo’s will still be


Louis “Lou” Ragusi is

survived by his wife, Lidia

Ragusi nee Lattanzi; his

children Sandra Ragusi

(Al) Diaz, Michael Ragusi,

Lou Ragusi, the founder

of Capt’n Nemo’s

restaurant, died Nov. 18.

He is pictured here at the

Rogers Park location in

1985. Photo Submitted

Steven (Patricia Ellington)

Ragusi and Mark Ragusi;

and his grandchildren

Mitchell, Monica, Erica

and Quinn.

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Wilmette’s Venturing Crew 5 continues work at Skokie Lagoons

Staff Report

Venturing Crew 5, a

youth-led co-ed organization

focused on adventure,

leadership, personal

growth, and service affiliated

with the Boy Scouts

of America, has spent the

past few months planning

and organizing an environmental


project to remove invasive

buckthorn from the Skokie

Lagoons area.

On Oct. 26, more than

30 Crew members and

community members

launched the project by

spending their Saturday

morning cutting down

buckthorn along a small

section of the lagoons

north of Tower Road.

The buckthorn trees were

chopped up into sections

and burned to prevent regermination.

The goal of

this conservation project

is to restore the area to a

native state by removing

as much buckthorn along

the lagoon as possible and

planting native species in

its place. Venturing Crew

5’s conservation efforts

are part of the William

T. Hornaday Awards program.

The fundamental

purpose of this program

is to encourage learning

by the participants and to

increase public awareness

about natural resource


Venturing Crew 5 is asking

members of the community

to volunteer their

time. At the first workday,

a few outside volunteers

came to help, but more are


“We want to engage the

community as much as

possible because everyone

benefits from a healthy

and thriving lagoon and

forest preserve. The more

Members of Wilmette’s Venturing Crew 5 worked recently to remove invasive buckthorn from the Skokie Lagoon. Photos submitted

More than 30 Crew members took part in the effort.

people who volunteer, the

more buckthorn that will

be removed and replaced

with native species,” said

Shivam Tailor, president

of Venturing Crew 5 and

a New Trier senior. “By

carrying out this project,

we will leave a legacy of

long-term benefit to the

lagoon and the larger community.”

Venturing Crew 5 has

already made noticeable

progress since their first

workday from volunteers

of all ages, and is set on

recruiting more volunteers

as their work carries on

into the winter.

The Crew scheduled

more work days in November

and continues in

December, with the next

The buckthorn trees are chopped up and burned to prevent regermination.

workday set for 9 a.m.-

noon Saturday, Dec. 7, and

Dec. 15 during the same

morning hours. The Backyard

Nature Center will

provide instruction and

all necessary equipment,

including saws, loppers,

gloves, and safety goggles.

Volunteers are requested

to dress in layers and old

clothes. Snacks and water

are provided.

For more information,

please contact Venturing

Crew 5’s Adult Advisor,

Matthew Mullins,


or President Shivam Tailor,



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Participants wanted for New Trier Sophomore Career Day

Submitted by New Trier

On Feb. 25, New Trier

Career Services will host

a Career Day for the entire

Sophomore Class from 9

a.m. to noon.

Career Services Coordinators

Melissa Duffy and

Steve Belford are currently

seeking professionals who

would be interested in participating

in small group

panel discussions among

various career fields.

The goal of New Trier

Career Services is to support

students in exploring

their interests and passions,

with an emphasis

placed on real-word experiences

and connections

with community professionals.

“New Trier is supported

by so many incredibly talented

alumni, parents and

community members,”

Duffy said. “We are hoping

some professionals can join

us to help guide our students

with their expertise.”

Those who are interested

in participating in

Sophomore Career Day

can take the following

short survey, which asks

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and career field:


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School News

Slippery Rock University

Wilmette resident performs original


Karin Hoglund, of Wilmette, a junior

dance major, took the stage to perform

original dances Dec. 7 in the Fall Concert

at Swope Music Hall.

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Wilmette student part of winning football


Bobby Desherow, of Wilmette, was

part of the football team that competed in

the NCAA Division III Championship for

the 13th time in the last 15 years.

The Loyola Academy graduate is a junior

majoring in finance.

Loyola Academy graduate playing for

men’s basketball team

Matt Sechman, a graduate of Wilmette’s

Loyola Academy, is competing

for the men’s basketball team. The sophomore

has not declared a major.


Glenview man dies from

self-inflicted gunshot during

standoff with police

A Glenview resident shot

and killed himself during a

five-hour standoff with local

and regional police, according

to the Glenview Police Department.

Glenview police responded

to an apartment building in

the 4100 block of Cove Lane

around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday,

Dec. 3, after a resident in

the building said a neighbor

pointed a handgun at them in

a stairwell, according to the


Glenview police evacuated

and secured the building while

trying to contact Stephano

Woo, 40, in his apartment,

said Sgt. Jim Foley, of the

Glenview Police Department.

After receiving no answer

from Woo, Glenview police

requested support from the

Northern Illinois Police Alarm

System, a multijurisdictional

task force trained with special

weapons and tactics, Foley


More than five hours after

the initial report, NIPAS officers

entered the building and

found Woo dead in his apartment,

according to police.

Woo was pronounced dead at

2:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec.

4, by the Cook County Medical

Examiner’s Office, which

ruled his death a suicide from

a self-inflicted gunshot wound

to the head.

Reporting by Jason Addy, Contributing

Editor. Full story at



Trustees signal initial

opposition to recreational pot


With the Illinois Cannabis

Regulation and Tax Act going

into effect on Jan. 1, the

Northfield Village Board did

not yet take a formal vote,

but signaled its opposition to

having recreational cannabis

dispensaries in Northfield at

this time at its Tuesday, Dec.

3 meeting.

The next step in the process

is a plan and zoning commission

hearing in January or

February. The board’s recommendation

to the commission

is to establish ordinances that

would not allow recreational

cannabis dispensaries in

Northfield. The matter would

then return to the Village

Board in February or March

for its vote.

“Our direction to the commission

will be to enact zoning

ordinances prohibiting

dispensaries in the Village of

Northfield,” Village President

Joan Frazier said.

Reporting by Todd Marver,

Freelance Reporter. Full story at



Glencoe D35 Board of

Education: $27.7 million levy

approved at 4.45 percent


As is customary at its last

meeting of the calendar year,

the Glencoe School District

35 Board adopted its 2019

tax levy at its Thursday, Dec.

5 meeting at $27.748 million,

a 4.45 percent increase over

last year’s extension. The

County Clerk determines the

actual amount after receiving

all the necessary information

from the County Assessor and

Board of Review. Director of

Finance and Operations Jason

Edelheit said there’s a new

assessor and there have been

more unknowns from the assessor’s

office than in previous


Reporting by Todd Marver,

Freelance Reporter. Full story at



Lake Forest City Council: 2019

tax levy approved at $33.7


The Lake Forest City Council

approved the city’s 2019

tax levy at $33.797 million at

its regular meeting Monday,

Dec. 2.

The levy includes: $14.343

million in the city general

fund; $6.307 million in the

pension funds; $103,759 in the

fire pension PA 93-0689 fund;

School News is compiled by Editor Eric De-

Grechie. Send submissions to eric@wilmettebeacon.com.

Please see NFYN, 25

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From innovator to persona non grata

John Jacoby

Contributing Columnist

My name is Adam

Int-Hout. In the

early 1900s,

I achieved national

recognition for designing

two affordable homes for

my family — the first in

Evanston at 2410 Hartrey

Ave., and the second in

Wilmette at 36 Crescent

Place. Then I became

persona non grata in Wilmette.

Here’s my story:

I was born in Thornton

Township, Illinois,

in 1880, son of Dutch

immigrants who ran a

grocery store. After eighth

grade, I worked as a clerk

in the store until I joined

Federal Pure Food Co. as

a “chemist” and moved to

Evanston. (In those days,

you didn’t need a college

degree to be a “chemist”).

In 1907, I married Gladys

Melville. She was the

daughter of a prominent

Wilmette family. When

our first son was born

two years later, I decided

to build our first family


I hope you won’t think

me immodest, but I was

ingenious, frugal, and

empathetic for my new

wife with her burdensome

domestic duties.

I desired to create a

“spacious” home within

my limited means that

Gladys could easily care

for without a servant. So,

The Int-Hout home at 36 Crescent Place was

demolished in 1996 and replaced by a 2,800-sq. ft.

house valued at more than $1 million. Photos submitted

I designed and built the

Hartrey Avenue house at

a cost of $2,000, give or

take. It was a very small

bungalow (25-foot sides).

Swinging walls allowed

the main floor to be

configured into five fully

furnished rooms — living

room, dining room,

bedroom, guest room,

and kitchen — but not

all at the same time. An

unfinished storage attic

could be converted into

two rooms at a later date.

(There was no basement).

My design incorporated

many space-saving

features, like stairs to

the attic that doubled as

storage bins.

In March 1910, our

Hartrey house was

featured in “Popular

Mechanics” magazine.

The national press called

it “The House of Many

Wonders” — a possible

remedy for the shortage

of affordable housing. It

became a popular tourist

attraction. Every Sunday,

we had scores of visitors.

To regain our privacy,

Gladys and I decided to

move on. Construction of

our new Crescent Place

home took six weeks, and

we moved there in 1911.

My objectives for our

new home were the same

— “spacious,” low cost,

and labor-saving. Having

somewhat increased

financial resources, I

designed a slightly more

expensive and larger

home on two levels with

no basement. It included

an 8x10-foot living porch

at the front and a small

entrance porch at the side.

The second floor had a

13x13-foot bedroom and

two 6x9-foot sleeping

porches on opposite sides

of the bedroom, allowing

cross-ventilation. I

again used the swinging

wall concept but I added

some new space-saving

features. For example, I

placed kitchen cabinets

at window-type openings

on an exterior wall.

Glass doors on the front

and rear of the cabinets

allowed natural light and

air to pass through from

outside and brighten and

cool the interior space.

Once again, in June

1911, “Popular Mechanics”

magazine featured

my ingenious “Wonder

Bungalow” in a flattering

article, and once again I

was widely praised in the

national media. I thought

I was onto an idea that

met a need and might

be profitable. I planned

a third house, also on

Crescent Place. Then I

encountered NIMBY. The

wealthy neighbors feared

that more of my modest

“2x4 dwellings” without

basements would diminish

their property values. They

threatened legal action

and ostracized my family.

I surrendered. I agreed to

abandon the project and

sell them the lot.

Adam Int-Hout’s

affordable housing ideas

made him persona non

grata in Wilmette.

Gladys and I moved

from Wilmette, first back

to Evanston and then to

Thornton Township. I

didn’t build any more “doll

houses” and I eventually

started a successful carton

manufacturing business

that’s still in the family.

Here in my cramped quarters

at Rosehill Cemetery,

I often wonder whether

Wilmette ever found it

possible to accommodate

affordable housing for

folks of modest means.

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Top Web Stories

From WilmetteBeacon.com as of Dec. 9


It’s not too hard to send The Beacon a card

1. Police Reports: House intruders burst into

locked bedroom at Wilmette residence

2. Glenview: Man dies from self-inflicted

gunshot during standoff with policen

3. Police Reports: Man steals sandals,

leaves behind old shoes at Wilmette


4. Wilmette’s Venturing Crew 5 continues

work at Skokie Lagoons

5. A Word From the (Former) President:

Back to the drawing board at Canal


Become a member: wilmettebeacon.com/plus

Eric DeGrechie


Based on the number

of entries I’ve

received over the

years for The Beacon’s

annual Holiday Greeting

Card Contest, I know I

shouldn’t panic that it’s

been a slow start. I’m just

thinking people are so

busy doing a million other

things this holiday season

that our mailbox will be

overflowing soon.

We’ll be accepting

submissions of holiday

cards through Wednesday,

Dec. 18. Entries will then

be evaluated by the editorial

team and winners will

be selected, notified and

handed grand prizes from

local retailers.

We’ll be checking our

mailing list (more than

twice) this holiday season

to collect holiday cards

from readers in our coverage

towns, Wilmette and


There are only a few


1. One entry per family

2. Card must be from

this holiday season

3. E-cards are accepted

So, this holiday season,

don’t forget to add

“award-winning holiday

card” to your wish list.

Please send your entries

to Attn: Holiday Card

Contest, 60 Revere Drive

ST 888, Northbrook, IL,

60062, or email editor

Eric DeGrechie at eric@


Again, entries are due

Wednesday, Dec. 18, and

winners will be printed in

a future issue. Good luck

and Happy Holidays!

Letters to the Editor

Canal Shores column

avoids mention of


John Jacoby’s recent

“Back to the Drawing

Board at Canal Shores”

article (Dec. 5) left me

curious if he was honestly

concerned with the public

interest. I was grateful to

read an update on this issue,

but Mr. Jacoby fails

to note the widespread opposition

from the public,

Wilmette Park Board, and

Evanston throughout the

review process.

Loyola Academy posted this photo on Dec. 4

with the caption:

“Loyola’s novice Certamen team placed 3rd

and the upper team placed 2nd in the second

Certamen competition of the season! Certamen

is a competition that quizzes students

about classical civilization and it’s people,

languages, and cultures.”

Like The Wilmette Beacon: facebook.com/wilmettebeacon

“Our fourth grade students at

RomonaMustangs had a blast today

participating in a variety of activities during

physical education class!”

@Wilmette39 Wilmette Public Schools

posted on Dec. 4

Follow The Wilmette Beacon: @wilmettebeacon

go figure


An intriguing number from this week’s edition

Percent of Regina Dominican Class of

2019 that pursued STEM majors in

college, Page 4


From Page 20

$1.46 million in the recreation


Reporting by Todd Marver,

Freelance Reporter. Full story

at LakeForestLeaderDaily.



Northbrook native wins

three ‘Jeopardy!’ games

First aired in 1964,

“Jeopardy!” has remained

It seems odd to revisit

this a year later and avoid

any mention of pushback.

Instead of worrying about

how a developer might be

able to build single family

homes, or losing the

10th hole at Canal Shores,

it would better serve the

public to maintain Isabella

Woods. This natural

space is crucial for run-off

stormwater management

in a low-lying area.

With that in mind, I

struggle with a comment

such as “Evanston’s mystifying

opposition”, especially

after a unanimous

vote against this by the

Metropolitan Water Reclamation

District in 2017.

Mr. Jacoby should also

identify Senate President

John Cullerton, who appears

to have lobbied on

behalf of the Keene Family

Trust for an easement

that no one else seemed to

believe was needed, under

questionable circumstances.

If Wilmette taxpayers

were forced to provide a

road to this property, extend

Golf Terrace from


far and away television’s

most intellectually

challenging game show.

You’ve got to be smart,

nimble and have guts.

Contestant and Northbrook

native Alex Damisch

was all of that as she

notched three wins before

finishing a close second in

a run that began Thanksgiving


In total, she won

$35,937, fashioning comefrom-behind


against a physician, attorney,

economics professor,

and librarian among

others. She demonstrated

an expansive breadth of

knowledge. If you are not

convinced, here’s one example:

“The x factor of this

South African language is

18 different clicks,” was

the clue. “Xhosa” was her

correct answer.

Reporting by Alan P. Henry,

Freelance Reporter. Full

story at NorthbrookTower-

Daily.com. Full News From

Your Neighbors can be found

at WilmetteBeacon.com.

Personally, I’m far more

concerned about the loss of

nearly all of the 55 mature

Oak trees than providing a

way for the Keene family

to profit at public expense.

Jeff Pazen

Wilmette resident

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From our homes to yours, wishing everyone

a warm and wonderful holiday season

Congratulations to the winners of the 4th Annual Thanksgiving Coloring Contest

Christina Salvi

Age 8+

Dylan Hanke

Age 7 & Under

They have both won a $25 gift card to Lad n’ Lassie in Wilmette! Congratulations and we will see you next year!

Lisa Finks


Lourdes Arencibia


Carolyn Duris


the wilmette beacon | December 12, 2019 | wilmettebeacondaily.com

Singing Sandler

New Trier honors popular movie,

Page 33

Mission-based restaurant

Curt’s Cafe opens in Highland Park,

Page 35

Drummer John

Merikoski, a

New Trier alum,

performs with his

band The Way

Down Wanderers

in October at

the Wander

Down Festival

in Illinois. Photo


Wilmette native marches to

the beat of his own drum after

leaving home, tours the country

with band, Page 29

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north shore puzzler CROSSWORD & Sudoku

Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park, Highwood, Northbrook, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Northfield, Lake Forest and Lake Bluff



Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur

1. Protein source

5. Towel embroidery

9. C sharp

14. Gr. 1-6

15. Plow puller

16. Let go

17. Macedonian’s


18. Actor, Gooding

19. Moved in a curve

20. Bygone title

21. Political change


23. Elementary

school in Lake Forest

26. Snaky fish

27. Woes in Yiddish


32. Trickster

35. Cut of beef

39. Aquarium residents

40. Assistant

42. Website ranking

technology, abbr.

43. Three-piece band,


44. Jeans specification

45. Silent film star

47. Respiratory specialist,


48. Battle plan

51. Vitamin brand

53. Capable of getting

wet to the max

58. Lake Forest

middle school

61. Eyeball

64. Gozo Island is part

of it

65. “Put ___ writing”

67. Cheat

68. Infuse with color

69. State bird of


70. Vegas game

71. Type of mail

72. Squirrel’s home

73. Ollie’s partner

1. Audition

2. Encouraging words

3. Wild

4. Shadows

5. Ad ___

6. Elites’ hood

7. Resist authority

8. In a mess

9. “Lord of the

Rings” warriors

10. Growing field

11. Human parasite

12. Justify

13. Innovative Talks

22. Frequently, old


24. Michael Jordan

teammate Steve

25. “Xanadu” rock

group, for short

28. Sight reported

29. Coating of ice

30. Library ID

31. Try

32. Bridge position

33. Snoopy’s first


34. Money guarantor,

for short

36. Olive-tree cousin

37. Vacation locale,

with “the”

38. Rocky peak

41. CPR specialist

43. Honey holder

46. Golf tour

49. Jerusalem nation

50. Pay limit

52. Time tellers

54. Corrupt

55. Complete

56. River that starts in

the Swiss Alps

57. Aigrette

58. Rhett’s last word

59. Scene of Napoleon’s

first exile

60. Pocket purse

62. Director Wertmuller

63. Black

64. Wrongly prefix

66. Original name

before marriage

Let’s see what’s on

Schedule for Wilmette Community Television – Channel 6

Thursday, Dec. 12

5 p.m. Coach’s Corner

6 p.m. NSSC Men’s Club


7 p.m. Village Board


9 p.m. State of the

Village 2019

Friday, Dec. 13- Sunday,

Dec. 15

4 p.m. Coach’s Corner

5 p.m. BSK - Holiday


6 p.m. Park Board


7:30 p.m. Village Board


9 p.m. State of the

Village 2019

10:30 p.m. Illinois

Channel Programming

Monday, Dec. 16

3 p.m. BSK - Holiday

Cooking Class

5 p.m. Coach’s Corner

6 p.m. NSSC Men’s Club


7 p.m. School Board

Meeting (Live)

Tuesday, Dec. 17

1 p.m. School Board


4 p.m. State of the

Village 2019

5:30 p.m. Illinois

Channel Programming

7:30 p.m. Coach’s Corner

8:30 p.m. School Board


Wednesday, Dec. 18

3:30 p.m. BSK - Holiday

Cooking Class

5:30 p.m. Illinois

Channel Programming

7:30 p.m. Zoning Board

of Appeals (Live)


How to play Sudoku

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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 to 9.

LEVEL: Medium

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan

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the wilmette beacon | December 12, 2019 | 29

Posted to WilmetteBeaconDaily.com 5 days ago

Folk band drummer pays tribute to North Shore roots

Alan P. Henry

Freelance Reporter

When the internationally

acclaimed Way Down

Wanderers brought their

unique blend of bluegrass,

jazz, classic rock, blues,

soul and hip-hop to Lincoln

Hall in Chicago on

Saturday, Dec. 7, it was a

brief homecoming for their

drummer, John Merikoski.

The former Wilmette

resident and 2012 New

Trier graduate recently reflected

on his local musical

roots with The Beacon, beginning

with a shout-out to

his parents, John and Kim.

“Growing up there

was always music in the

house,” Merikoski said. “I

was so lucky to have parents

who were so supportive.

I could not have done

any of this without their


Captivated by the drums

at age 10, he played in the

New Trier symphony, concert

band and jazz band,

and played in metal and

rock bands as well. He was

mentored by music teachers

and coaches, like Matt

Temple, Peter Rosheger,

Nick Meyer, Bret Sher and

Joel Spencer.

“They were driving

forces and really helped

and inspired me to want to

work hard,” he said.

Merikoski, 25, attended

the University of Illinois

with a full-ride scholarship

to study percussion. As a

junior, he began playing

with The Way Down Wanderers,

who hailed from

central Illinois.

As the band became

increasingly popular and

their touring schedule

filled up, he realized it was

decision time: “I was going

to have to pick one or

the other.”

Short of graduation by a

few courses, he made the

move, and hasn’t looked


The Way Down Wanderers

have been touring

almost nonstop since

releasing their inaugural

self-titled album in 2016,

earning a grassroots following

with their fastpaced

live performances.

Along the way, Merikoski

figures the band has driven

half a million miles

through 44 states and Canada,

first in a beat up old

RV that now in a sprinter

van and trailer.

”For me, you are driving

in a van, you are waking

up early, going to the next

city, there’s a lot of hurry

up and wait, but once I

get on stage, and once I

start playing, it is all so

worth it. It’s gotten to the

place that feels like home.

It’s the happiest I am. It is

my favorite thing to do,”

he said. (Cue music: Bob

Seger, “Turn the Page.”)

A part of the buzz, he

said, is the communal,

interactive nature of the

band’s performances,

which often include with

foot-stomping sing-alongs,

acoustic in-audience encores,

and Merikoski’s

now-renowned spoonsolos,

using his 1930’s

sterling silver U.S. Navy

silver spoons.

“We have awesome fans

and it is so amazing to get

to see people every night

singing along. It’s the

greatest thing in music —

getting to perform music

for people who are having

fun,” he said. “On my favorite

nights, it really just

feels like I am in a room

full of friends.”

The current tour is in

support of the band’s

second album, Illusions,

Way Down Wanderers band members (left to right)

John Merikoski (drums), Travis Kowalsky (banjo),

John Williams (bass/vocals), Austin Krause-Thompson

(guitar/vocals) and Collin Krause (mandolin, vocals).

which was produced by

Grammy-winner David

Schiffman (Johnny Cash,

HAIM, Rage Against The

Machine). The Associated

Press called its fusion of

high energy percussion,

mandolin, guitar, bass,

banjo and fiddle “joyful,

daring and occasionally

sublime” when it released

earlier this year.

Band members are:

Austin Krause-Thompson

on guitar/vocals; Collin

Krause on mandolin, violin

and guitar/vocals; John

Williams on upright bass

and guitar/vocals; Travis

Kowalsky on banjo and

guitar; and Merikoski.

The group has played

major national and regional

festivals across the United

States, Canada and the

UK, including Merlefest,

Summer Camp, Red Wing

Roots Music Festival and

Saskatchewan Jazz Fest.

They have also performed

at coveted venues,

such as Bluegrass Underground

(Tennessee), The

Fox Theater (Colorado),

Park West (Illinois), The

Vogue (Indiana), The Station

Inn (Tennessee) and

The Ark (Michigan). Recently,

the band produced

its third annual Wander

Down Festival near Carbondale,

featuring 20


The band has earned numerous

accolades, ranging

from official showcases at

AmericanaFest and International

Bluegrass Music

Association, to Whitstable

UK Session of the Year ,

a BBC Scotland Session,

as well as Finalist, International

Song Writing

John Merikoski, a former resident of Wilmette, is the

drummer in Way Down Wanderers and has spoonsolos,

using his 1930’s sterling silver U.S. Navy silver

spoons. Photos Submitted

Competition, Chicago’s

Best Emerging Artist, Deli

Magazine and Songpickr’s

Best Songs Spotify Playlist

(2016) among others.


In February, Rolling Stone

recommended them in a

list of “10 New Country

and Americana Artists You

Need to Know.”





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Posted to WilmetteBeaconDaily.com 2 days ago

Chabad Wilmette collects clothing with ‘Menorah of Warmth’

Staff Report

Inspired by a successful

canned food drive

last year and the work of

a Mather Place resident,

Fraida Cameron Chabad

Center of Wilmette is

continuing its philanthropic

ways this holiday


Chabad, 2904 Old Glenview

Road, is currently

collecting scarves and

gloves from the community

to donate to poor kids

in need this winter. According

to Rabbi Moshe

Teldon, Fay Saltzman, at

Mather Place, approached

him about donating hats

and scarves she had knitted.

“She love the idea [of

collecting from the whole

community] and inspired

by her her beautiful work,

we launched the drive,”

Teldon said. “The community’s

response has

been amazing.”

Teldon said the drive

will continue through

Sunday, Dec. 15, through

a “Menorah of Warmth.”

To find out more about

Fraida Cameron Chabad

Center of Wilmette and

the drive, visit chabadwilmette.com.

RIGHT: The “Menorah

of Warmth” is filled with

scarves and gloves at

Fraida Cameron Chabad

Center of Wilmette. Photo


Faith Briefs

First Congregational Church of Wilmette

(1125 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette)

Weekly Youth Activities

Open to the Community

Every Wednesday, the

church’s children and

youth ministry offers opportunities

for fun, friendship,

spirituality, and service.

Kids Club (K–grade

6) meets at 4:30 p.m. In the

evening, the Confirmation

Class (grades 7 & 8) meets

at 6 p.m. And the Senior

High Youth Group gathers

at 7:15 p.m.

The two evening youth

groups have a tasty dinner

together at 6:45 p.m. —

sometimes chicken, sometimes

pasta. Learn about

the church community at

www.fccw.org or contact

for more details: (847)

251-6660 or 1stchurch@


Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah Congregation

(3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette)

Families with Littles

Havdalah and Hanukkah

Beth Hillel will host

a “Families with Littles

Havdalah and Hanukkah”

event at 5:30 p.m. Saturday,

Dec. 14. Dinner,

crafts, celebration and a

magic show will all be

part of this free event that

is open to the community.



Winnetka Covenant Church (1200

Hibbard Road, Wilmette)

Children’s Christmas


Join the church for a

children’s program during

the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday,

Dec. 15.

Prairie Brass Band

Prairie Brass Band, directed

by Mary Gingrich

of Wilmette, will be with

us during the 9:30 a.m.

Sunday, Dec. 15, worship

service. Following

the service they will play

a short concert of holiday


Choral Concert

the Winnetka Covenant

Choir, along with the New

Vision Covenant Church

choir, will present Part I of

Handel’s Messiah at 7:30

p.m. Dec. 21. The concert

will feature guest soloists,

instrumentalists, and will

conclude with a sing-along

Hallelujah Chorus.

Trinity United Methodist Church (1024

Lake Ave., Wilmette)

The Callipygian Players

Led by violinist Martin

Davids, The Callipygian

Players will perform

a concert of Baroque and

Renaissance holiday music.

The ensemble will be

joined by a quartet of singers.

This one hour candlelit

concert will feature carols

and instrumental pieces

to get you in the spirit of

the season. Tickets for this

7:30 Dec. 13 event are $25

at the door or at www.calplayers.org

CSO Trombonist Charlie

Vernon and Friends in

Community Carol Sing

CSO trombonist Charlie

Vernon and his conductor/

vocalist wife Alison will

lead this popular annual

concert of holiday brass

and vocal music benefiting

the Greater Chicago Food

Depository. All are welcome

to experience these

special music events in the

beautiful space of Trinity’s

sanctuary. For more information

call 847-251-7333.

Food Pantry

If you are in need of

help, and are short on

food, do not hesitate to

come to the Wilmette Food

Pantry. . No matter who

you are or where you are

on life’s journey, you are

welcome at the Wilmette

Food Pantry. Food pantry

is open from 10:30-11:30

a.m. Tuesday and provides

grocery items and seasonal


All Wilmette residents

welcome and no appointment

is necessary.

Kenilworth Union Church (211

Kenilworth Ave., Kenilworth)


All are welcome to worship

at Kenilworth Union

Church. Worship with

Communion is at 8 a.m. in

the Schmidt Chapel. Worship

for all ages and Children’s

Chapel at 9 a.m.

and traditional worship

and Sunday School are at

10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary.

Drop-in Breakfast

Club for 7th through 12th

graders runs from 10:15

to 11:30 a.m. with discussions.

Infant and toddler

care is provided at 9 and

10:30 a.m. Up to date information

is at kuc.org.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day

Saints (2727 Lake Ave., Wilmette)

Sunday Worship

Visitors are always welcome

to join members of

The Church of Jesus Christ

of Latter-day Saints for its

weekly worship services

on Sunday. As a membership,

the church is a community

where we’re all

trying to be a little bit better,

a little bit kinder, a little

more helpful - because

that’s what Jesus taught.

Come worship with the

church. Come serve with

the church. Come learn

who the church is, what

it believes and how the

teachings of Jesus can help

you find joy and happiness.

There are two congregations

that meet on Sundays

in the Meetinghouse located

at 2727 Lake Ave.,

Wilmette. Sunday worship

services start at 9 a.m. and

1 p.m.

Baha’i House of Worship (100 Linden

Ave., Wilmette)

Friday Night Fireside


Join the House of Worship

in the fireside room

at the Baha’i House of

Worship Welcome Center

(112 Linden Ave.) for

meaningful conversations

about what Baha’i Faith

offers for people who

want to contribute to the

betterment of the world.

Light refreshments will be


Children’s Classes

Children ages 7 to 10

are invited learn about

Manifestations of God

including, Krishna, Abraham,

Buddha, Christ,

Bahá’u’lláh (Founder of

the Bahá’í Faith), and other

Divine Teachers. Sunday

mornings from 10-11

a.m. Contact Ellen Price at

(847) 812-1084 for more


Come and Sing

All singers welcome to

audition for the House of

Worship A Capella Choir.

Weekly rehearsals are on

Thursday evenings and

singing from 11 a.m.-1

p.m. on Sundays, plus

special events. Call Music

Director, Van Gilmer for

more info (847) 853-2330.

St. Joseph Catholic Church (1747 Lake

Ave., Wilmette)

Sunday Mass

Sunday Masses are held

at 7:30, 9, 10:15 and 11:30


Submit information for

The Beacon’s Faith page

to Michael Wojtychiw at



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the wilmette beacon | December 12, 2019 | 33

New Trier thespians put own

spin on ‘The Wedding Singer’

Submitted by New Trier

New Trier High School

Performing Arts students

performed “The Wedding

Singer” last week in the

Northfield Campus Cornog


Set in 1985, “The Wedding

Singer” tells the story

of rock star wannabe Robbie

Hart, New Jersey’s

favorite wedding singer,

who has a reputation as the

life of the party until his

own fiancée leaves him at

the altar. As Robbie sets

out to make every wedding

as disastrous as his own,

he meets Julia, a winsome

waitress who wins his affection.

Unless Robbie can

pull off the performance

of a decade, the girl of his

dreams will marry a Wall

Street shark and be gone


“‘The Wedding Singer’

is one of those movies that

has reached a status in pop

culture that it seems everyone

has either seen it,

or is at least aware of it,”

Director Ryan Dunn said.

“Bringing that experience

to the stage has been incredibly

fun and exciting,

as the show is very funny

but also has a lot of heart.

Because Adam Sandler

and Drew Barrymore’s

performances are so iconic,

one of the aspects of the

show I’ve most enjoyed is

helping the actors take the

best parts of those performances

while simultaneously

injecting their own

spin on the characters. I

am so excited to show audiences

our version of this

classic story.”

Posted to WilmetteBeaconDaily.com 6 days ago

Wedding singer Robbie Hart, played by Reed Jaberg,

does a crazy dance during New Trier’s show. Photos by

Lois Bernstein/22nd Century Media

The ensemble players dance during the “The Wedding


Bella Friedman (center), as Julia, sings about always

wanting to get married.

“The Wedding Singer”

is based upon the New

Line Cinema Film written

by Tim Herlihy, and the

book by Chad Beguelin

and Tim Herlihy. Music

is by Matthew Sklar, and

lyrics by Chad Beguelin.

“The Wedding Singer”

was presented through

special arrangement with

Music Theatre International.








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Posted to WilmetteBeaconDaily.com 8 days ago

Thanksgiving interfaith service brings unity at Wilmette’s Congregation Sukkat Shalom

Hilary Anderson

Freelance Reporter

North Shore residents

came despite the heavy


They came for the annual

Thanksgiving service

hosted by Wilmette’s Congregation

Sukkat Shalom

and sponsored by the New

Trier Multifaith Alliance,

formerly known as the

Winnetka Interfaith Council,

which dates back to


More than 125 people

arrived with umbrellas and

rain boots in tow to start

their celebration of their

Thanksgiving holiday.

It was a beautiful intermingling

of members from

16 different faith groups

mostly in the New Trier

Township area with similar

messages of thanksgiving,

peace and justice and

caring for planet Earth and

all creatures living on it.

The musical numbers

and readings at the interfaith

service had universal

applications to everyone


“Welcome, how good

and sweet it is to be with

us this day,” said Kenny

Lyonswright, canonist and

soloist from Sukkat Shalom,

who was host for the

evening. “Take a moment

and welcome your neighbors

and those around


He then introduced

Betsy Katten, president

of Congregation Sukkat

Shalom, who offered her


“We are so honored to

welcome you and share

this Thanksgiving service,”

she said. “It’s a

wonderful time of year to

come together as a broader

community with the New

Trier Multifaith Alliance

and offer words of prayer

— gratitude, joy and faith.

Our communities have

come together not only at

Thanksgiving but at times

of crisis and need. It is a

blessing to have this faith

community for support

and strength especially

during difficult times.”

Individuals at the service

came from the Baha’I,

Christian, Islam and Jewish


Members of the Interfaith

Choir opened the service.

Helen Butler, Baha’I

Community of Evanston,

read a Baha’I prayer that

had universal application:

“Let the religions agree

and make the nations one,

so that they may see each

other as one family and the

whole earth as one home.

May they all live together

in perfect harmony.”

The Children’s Choir,

Church of Jesus Christ of

Latter Day Saints, then

sang two songs.

One was We Are Marching

in the Light of God, a

South African song that is

said to have played an important

role in the struggle

against apartheid.

Chaplain Tahera Ahmad,

director of interfaith engagement

at Northwestern

University, did a reading

from the Qur’an, which

talks in part how beautiful

it will be in Paradise

for those who die and have

acted with righteousness.

Rev. Peter Hawkinson,

senior pastor at Winnetka

Covenant Church, did a

short reading from the

New Testament:

“Do not worry about

anything but in everything

by prayer and supplication

with thanksgiving let your

requests be made know to

God,” Hawkinson said.

Marilyn Schonthal,

The children’s choir, from the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Wilmette, performs at an interfaith

Thanksgiving service Nov. 26 in Wilmette. HIlary Anderson/22nd Century Media

lay leader at Congregation

Sukkat Shalom, read

a Jewish prayer, Modim

Anachu Lach, which

loosely translated means

“for which we are thankful.”

The prayer lists items

like: “…for fragile earth,

joy of human life, common

community and oneness

that transcends all separation,

our capacity to work

for peace and justice in the

midst of hostility and oppression,

for all who have

labored and suffered for

a fairer world, for human

liberties, for opportunities

to change and grow…”

Then Glenview’s Sarah

Bhaiji, Muslim Community

Center Youth, read

a poem she wrote, “Chai

[meaning tea] O’Clock.”

She talks about meeting

other people over tea and

learning about one another,

establishing a relationship

with them.

“…Begin with others

who are neighbors, laborers,

the people who

walk their dogs, the religious

runners and new

friends and invite them

in,” she started. “Learn

their names and establish

a new relationship. Once

you get to know them, the

world seems less astounding,

they become less of a


Vic Doucette, co-president

of New Trier Multifaith

Alliance, thanked

Sukkat Shalom for hosting

the Interfaith Service and

the planning members who

put it together. He then

gave a short talk about the

organization, how it works

for the community and invited

individuals and other

area faith groups to join.

“Our mission statement

is foster interfaith understanding

and sensitivity by

providing a forum for inter-faith

dialog in developing

programs that provide

service to the communityat-large

and engage participation

in faith-based

groups,” he said. “It accomplishes

this with four

committees one of which

provides food for the New

Trier Food Pantry. There

are forums on current issues

like inner-faith marriages

and what other religious

groups teach about

various subjects. We are

always looking for more

individuals and welcome

other faith-based groups to

join our organization.”

Rev. Jeffrey Phillips, associate

pastor of Winnetka

Congregational Church,

then recited the Litany of

Thanksgiving along with

those present.

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the wilmette beacon | December 12, 2019 | 35

Curt’s Cafe provides opportunities for at-risk young adults

Michael Wojtychiw

Sports Editor

Posted to WilmetteBeaconDaily.com 4 days ago

When Open Communities,

an organization that

promotes housing, economic

and social justice

in north suburban Chicago,

approached Susan

Trieschmann, executive

director of Curt’s Cafe,

about opening up a Highland

Park location, she

knew this was an opportunity

she couldn’t pass up.

Curt’s Cafe’s original

location is in Evanston,

where Trieschmann lives,

but she had always wanted

to open up a Lake County


“We’re a mission-based

organization serving highly

at-risk young adults,”

she said. “We work with

15- to 24-year-olds that

are underserved in our

communities. That’s kind

of our niche.

“We don’t want to run

restaurants. We want to

really teach young people

how to get jobs and stay in

those jobs.”

After starting in Evanston,

where a reported 95

percent of students graduate

from high school,

Treischmann wanted to

go into an area where that

number was much lower

and where Curt’s Cafe

could make a bigger impact.

Highland Park is close

to Waukegan, where she

says the graduation rate is

around 64 percent.

“That means that there’s

too many young people

walking around without

high school degrees, but

also without that structure

and without the benefits

and opportunity a

high school can bring,”

she said. “I know that if

we don’t help them find

the right path, then they

The Highland Park cafe offers avocado toast ($8) on toasted sourdough bread with

a fried egg topped with salt, pepper, micro greens and olive oil. Photos by Nick

Frazier/22nd Century Media

will find the wrong path,

because we have a lot of

gangs, or people that are

very schooled in bringing

people along a different

way. I wanted to get in

here to kind of start to turn

the corner a little bit.”

Students at Curt’s Cafe

are chosen through a rigorous

application process.

“They’re chosen or

they’re welcomed into the

program if we identify that

their needs are the highest

possible,” Treischmann

said. “If a youth is homeless,

they may not get into

our program. They’ve

dropped out of high

school, they may not get

out of our program. If they

have had high judicial contact,

they may not get into

our program. If they have

all three, they’re likely to

get into the program.”

She said there are other

organizations that deal

with homeless youth, the

judicial system and workforce

training individually,

but not one that deals

with all at once.

“We deal with all of


After not having any

students for the cafe’s first

three weeks, Curt’s Cafe

will have at least three

students. Ten is the highest

number they’ll have,

with five or six students in

the cafe at once.

When the students

graduate from the threeto-four

month program,

are all welcome to come

back to the cafe, especially

since it has social

services providers on site.

Trieschmann said students

can come back and have

three or more meals a day.

A primary reason Treischmann

started Curt’s

Cafe was the amount of

things that were unavailable

to teenagers who

needed a second chance.

“I couldn’t think about

having one more child in

jail. I just... I couldn’t do

it,” she said. “I started it

because I wanted to stop

that injustice and I wanted

to show people that if you

give these young people

what they’re looking

for, which is a job, then


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they’re not going to find

themselves back in the

prison system.

“We’re one of the industries

that take in a lot of

different kinds of people,

entry level. We’re an industry

that has growth potential

and it’s an industry

I know and I love, but also,

I tell the students, even if

they go into something

else, get a CDL license or

whatever, they can always

do a side hustle of a restaurant

so they can always

eat. It’s a good thing to

have in your background.”

Three of 22nd Century

Media’s editors stopped

by to try some of Curt’s

popular dishes made by

Curt’s Cafe has chicken salad stuffed tomatoes ($10) on

a bed of greens with vegetables.

The triple decker cookie has Oreo crumbs sandwiched

between a brownie bottom layer and a cookie on top.

chef Byron Gonzalez.

The first dish was one

of the cafe’s most popular

dishes, the avocado toast

($8), which is toasted

sliced sourdough bread

with mashed avocado and

fried egg topped with salt,

pepper, micro greens and

drizzled with olive oil.

The dish, like all of the

breakfast dishes, is served

all day with a side of fruit.

You can also add bacon

for an additional $2.

Next, we tried a tomato

stuffed with either chicken

or tuna salad ($10). The

tuna salad (tuna, onions,

celery, capres and mayo)

or chicken salad (chicken,

onions, celery, grapes and

mayo) is stuffed in a tomato

on a bed of greens.

The tuna melt ($10) is on

the menu as one of the chef

signature sandwiches and

wraps and is served with

a pickle and your choice

of chips, fruit, small salad

or soup. The tuna melt

is served on a wheat roll

topped with avocado and

cheddar cheese. Gonzalez

says it gives a little bit of

everything to customers.

We also had a bevy of

delicious desserts, including

the cinnamon chocolate

chip scone, triple

decker cookie, which has

a bottom layer brownie,

oreo crumbs in middle

and topped with a cookie),

chocolate chip cookie and


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Staff Report

Posted to WilmetteBeaconDaily.com 5 days ago

CHILL supports local

charities with big night

Recently, theMART and

LuxeHome hosted CHILL,

a Chicago food and wine

event benefitting local

charities. This annual event

combines more than 150

world-renowned wines

with gourmet culinary selections

prepared by 50 of

Chicago’s top chefs, all

served in LuxeHome’s 30

kitchen and bath boutiques

at theMART.

Wilmette residents Diana

Hackbarth and David

J. Price, as well as David

Yelin, attended in support

of Respiratory Health Association,

whose mission

is to prevent lung disease,

promote clean air and help

people live better through

education, research, and

policy change.

Wilmette resident David Yelin (right)

Wilmette residents Diana Hackbarth (second on left) and husband David J. Price

(right) enjoying CHILL: An International Wine and Culinary Event at theMART on Nov.

14, benefitting Respiratory Health Association. Photos submitted


Wilmette Bowling Center

(1901 Schiller Ave.,(847)


■11 ■ a.m.-9 p.m. (10

p.m. on Friday, Saturday):

Glow bowling and

pizza all week long

Community Recreation


(3000 Glenview Road)

■Dec. ■ 13-15: Productions

of “The Nutcracker”

Community Recreation


(3000 Glenview Road)

■11 ■ a.m. Sunday, Dec.

15: Holiday Dance


Centennial Ice Rink

(2300 Old Glenview


■1 ■ p.m. Sunday, Dec.

15: Skate with Santa



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all week: bowling and


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(2300 Shermer Road)

■7 ■ p.m. Dec. 12-14:

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Dance Show

■5:30-7:30 ■ p.m. Tuesday,

Dec. 17: Senior

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Northbrook Sports Center

(1730 Pfingsten Road)

■6:30-9:30 ■ p.m. Thursday,

Dec. 19: Winter

Skating Recital


Johnny’s Kitchen

(1740 Milwaukee Ave.

(847) 699-9999)

■7:30 ■ p.m. every Friday

and Saturday: Live


The Book Market

(The Glen Town Center)

■Running ■ until Dec.

14: Performances of

“Every Christmas Story

Ever Told”

Ten Ninety Brewing Co.

(1025 N. Waukegan

Road, (224) 432-5472)

■7-9 ■ p.m. every Thursday:

Trivia Night

Oil Lamp Theater

(1723 Glenview Road)

■Nov. ■ 29-Dec. 29:

Performances of “It’s a

Wonderful Life

Glenbrook South High


(4000 W. Lake Ave)

■2:30 ■ p.m. Saturday,

Dec. 14, and Sunday,

Dec. 15: New Tradition

Chorus Holiday


Potato Creek Johnny’s

(1850 Waukegan Road)

■8 ■ p.m. Friday, Dec. 13:

Cross Roads

The Curragh Glenview

(1800 Tower Drive)

■9 ■ p.m. Saturday, Dec.

14: Second Hand Soul



Fred’s Garage

(574 Green Bay Road)

■Every ■ Friday: Fred’s

Garage Fish Fry Fridays

Corner of Elm and Chestnut

■Starting ■ Nov. 27:

Santa’s Mailbox

Hubbard Woods Train


■9:13 ■ a.m. Saturday,

Dec. 14: Winnetka

Winter Express

The Book Stall

(811 Elm St.)

■3 ■ p.m. Saturday, Dec.

14: Holiday Storytime

with Sherri Rinker

Village Green

(535 Maple)

■6 ■ p.m. Tuesday, Dec.

24: Holiday Sing


Tapas Gitana

(310 N. Happ Road)

■6 ■ p.m. every other

Sunday: Live music


Writers Theatre

(325 Tudor Court)

■Ongoing: ■ Performances

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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Maeve Murdock

The New Trier senior

gymnast is a four-year

member of the Trevians

varsity squad

When did you start


I started gymnastics

probably when I was like

one with Mom and Tot

stuff and then just kind of

kept doing it from there.

Do you have any

superstitions before,

during or after a


I’ve got so many. I

knock on wood a lot

throughout the meets, usually

twice or more than six

times. I don’t do anything

six times. It’s my unlucky

number. Our team got me

this small portable piece of

wood for gyms that don’t

have that much wood

on the floor so I can still

knock on wood. I listen to

the same playlist before

beam every time.

If you could play

another sport, what

would it be and why?

Probably basketball because

I played that through

eighth grade and my sisters

play. It’s really fun.

I never really had time in

high school to do both.

Super competitively, my

friends and I did Night

League which was always

really fun but I don’t have

time to do both actually


What’s one item on

your bucket list?

I really want to go to the

Galapagos Islands.

So other than the

Galapagos Islands,

where would you like

to travel?

Probably Iceland or

Australia. Australia, just

because there’s so many

really cool tourist things

to do. Either Australia or

Ireland because I’m super

Irish and I just think it’d be

really cool to go there and

Iceland just because there

are so many really cool

outdoor things to do.

What’s been your

favorite moment at

New Trier?

I don’t really have one

favorite moment. I generally

like learning and love

all my classes. So that’s

not really like I don’t really

have one favorite one

but either just like my

classes in general or getting

second last year was

super exciting. And freshman

year winning beam

was also super exciting. I

still remember that really


22nd Century Media File


What’s the best part

about being a New

Trier athlete?

Probably the community

it comes with. I love

all my coaches so much

and I’m super close with

them and all the other athletes

are super nice too.

For leadership, if you’re

expected to be a captain,

your coach has put you in

a class called SALT. It’s a

class where all the potential

leaders of their sports,

like the top people on varsity

kind of, you have to

go to SALT twice a week

for a semester if you’re

expected to be a captain to

kind of learn about leadership

and how to deal with

anything that comes up

with a team and just how

to be a good leader pretty

much. It was really fun to

be with all the other team

leaders and just everyone

is so funny and fun to be

around. Being part of that

community is really fun.

What’s the best advice

you’ve ever gotten?

To be confident. I think

that’s really important in

life in general and in gymnastics

because if you’re

not confident in yourself,

why would anyone else be

confident in you?

If you could have one

meal for the rest of

your life, what would

it be?

One meal, a really favorite

one. I really like

steak sandwiches. Those

really good with skirt steak

or brown sugar salmon.

What’s one thing

people don’t know

about you?

Probably that I went to

a Catholic grade school. I

went to Sacred Heart.

Interview by Sports Editor

Michael Wojtychiw

The Varsity: North Shore Podcast

Guys recap basketball, talk boys

swimming, girls gymnastics

Staff Report

In this week’s episode of

The Varsity: North Shore,

the only podcast focused

on North Shore sports,

hosts Michal Dwojak,

Nick Frazier and Michael

Wojtychiw recap the latest

in North Shore sports. The

guys start off by recapping

boys and girls basketball,

hear from Glenbrook

South boys basketball

player Dom Martinelli,

play Way/No Way with

boys swimming and diving

and talk about girls



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also 12th in the 100-yard

freestyle and was part of

the 10th-place 200-yard

freestyle relay.

While Bailey had a

great spring, summer and

fall, it’s another senior

that Runkle mentioned

has really improved.

“The one who I think

really stepped up and really

came back is Sam

Dienstag,” the coach said.

“He had some health issues

last year coming into

this season, where he was

down for a bit and it was

kind of something that

lingered throughout the

season. At the end, he got

a little stronger, a little


“But just to even look

at him now; he’s bigger,

stronger and he’s already

been significantly faster

than he was a year ago.

Even at the end of the

high school season, with

the times he put up this

fall were just outstanding.”

Another sophomore

that Runkle and New Trier

will be looking to step up

is Matthew Gibson. Gibson,

who just took part in

the U.S. Open, had a big

summer for his club team.

A couple other sophomores

who will be looked

to improve on last year’s

times or Runkle has seen

improvement from are

Joe Dienstag and William


Like many coaches,

Runkle wants his team

to come into the season

and improve throughout,

while not putting too

much pressure on itself.

“Just keep improving,

keep getting better,”

he said. “And I think the

kids have kind of taken

that. I think the seniors

especially who’ve kind

of taken it on and they’ve

realized, this is it. I think

that’s a big thing around

here. You know, the tradition

and the history of this

place is such that I think

it can kind of overwhelm

some people. And I also

First Quarter

The three recap all

the boys and girls basketball

action over the


Second Quarter

Martinelli joins the

show to talk about a big

rivalry game.

Third Quarter

Way/No way comes

back as the guys make

predictions on boys swimming

and diving.

Fourth Quarter

To finish things off, the

guys talk about girls gymnastics.

think it’s something that

kids don’t really fully

understand or appreciate

it maybe until they’re seniors.

“But I’m looking forward

to it. We were talking

about, the other day of

practice, I was looking at

one of our assistants and I

just said, ‘I can’t wait to

see this guy at the end of

the year. I can’t wait to see

this guy’s times. I can’t

wait to see this guy.’ Pretty

soon I basically named

every one of them.

“It’s exciting. I’m looking

forward to it. And

I think they are too. I

wouldn’t say last year left

a bad taste in our mouths,

but, it wasn’t fun. You

know, it was fun, they did

the best they could and,

we succeeded or achieved

the highest level we could,

but it wasn’t fun watching

other people do the things

that we’re accustomed


The Trevians started

the season with a second

place finish at Deerfield’s

Warrior Relays.

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Photos of the Week

In front of the bright lights

New Trier boys basketball plays in college arena

New Trier’s William Geis looks to score over a Lane defender Friday, Dec. 6, in

Chicago. Photos by Carlos Alvarez/22nd Century Media

Tyler Hardin brings the ball up the court.





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school teams. Sports

editors Michal Dwojak,

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Jaden Katz drives in for the layup.


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Boys basketball

Loyola 62, Montini 47

Jake Welsh had 12

points and five rebounds

to lead the Ramblers to a

win Friday, Dec. 6, in Wilmette.

Loyola 49, Leo 39

Jordan Kwiecinski had

10 points and nine rebounds

in a ec. 4 road win.

Girls basketball

New Trier 62, Glenbrook

South 42

Tinah Hong led the Trevians

with 19 points Friday,

Dec. 6, in Winnetka.

New Trier 51, Glenbrook

high school highlights

The rest of the week in high school sports

North 45

Hong scored 18 points

in the New Trier home win

Dec. 3.

Regina 45, Hope Academy


Laura Strenk led the

Panthers to a Thursday,

Dec. 5 road win in Chicago,

with 10 pints, nine

rebounds, three assists and

three steals.

Girls bowling

Regina 1,744, De La Salle


Krissy O’Connor led

the Panthers with a threegame

total of 364 Dec. 3.

Girls gymnastics

Glenbard West Invite

New Trier took second

at the Glenbard West Invite

Saturday, Dec. 7.

New Trier 139.05, Niles

North 103.35

Amelia Montgomery

took home the all-around

title in the Trevians’ season

opener Dec. 3 in Skokie

with a score of 34.15. Rachel

Zun won the balance

beam and vault with scores

of 9.1 and 8.9, respectively,

while Avery Faulkner

won the unevern bars with

a 9.4 and Maria Morabito

took home the floor title

with a 9.4 score.

This Week In...

Trevian varsity athletics

Boys basketball

■Dec. ■ 13 - at Evanston, 7:30 p.m.

■Dec. ■ 16 - host Lake View, 6:30 p.m.

■Dec. ■ 19 - vs. Mountain Ridge (Ariz.) (at

Horizon (Ariz.) Invite), 3:30 p.m.

Girls basketball

■Dec. ■ 13 - at Evanston,

6 p.m.

■Dec. ■ 14 - host Hersey, 3:30 p.m.

Boys bowling

■Dec. ■ 12 - at Vernon Hills (at Brunswick

Zone Hawthorn), 4:30 p.m.

Girls bowling

■Dec. ■ 12 - at Resurrection (at Habetler

Bowl), 4:30 p.m.

■Dec. ■ 16 - host Warren (at Classic Bowl),

4:30 p.m.


■Dec. ■ 16 - host Niles West, 5:30 p.m.

Boys swimming and diving

■Dec. ■ 13 - host Naperville Central, 5:30


■Dec. ■ 14 - at Hinsdale Central, 10 a.m.


■Dec. ■ 13 - at Glenbrook South, 7 p.m.

■Dec. ■ 14 - at Prospect Invite, 9 a.m.

Rambler varsity athletics

Boys basketball

New Trier Green repeats as Champions

of the Loyola Thanksgiving Tournament

Submitted Content

■Dec. ■ 13 - host Notre Dame, 7 p.m.

■Dec. ■ 16 - host Steinmetz, 4:30 p.m.

Girls basketball

■Dec. ■ 12 - host Providence, 7 p.m.

■Dec. ■ 14 - at Mother McAuley,

1:30 p.m.

Boys bowling

■Dec. ■ 14 - vs. TBA (at Star Dust Lanes),

10 a.m.

Boys swimming and diving

■Dec. ■ 14 - host St. Charles North,

11 a.m.


■Dec. ■ 12 - at Lane (with Taft), 5:30 p.m.

■Dec. ■ 14 - at Prospect Invite, 9 a.m.

Panther varsity athletics

Girls basketball

■Dec. ■ 12 - at St. Ignatius, 7 p.m.

■Dec. ■ 14 - at North Shore Country Day,

3:30 p.m.

Raider varsity athletics

Boys basketball

■Dec. ■ 17 - at Parker, 6 p.m.

■Dec. ■ 18 - at Rickover, 6 p.m.

Girls basketball

■Dec. ■ 14 - host Regina, 3:30 p.m.

■Dec. ■ 17 - host Parker, 6 p.m.

■Dec. ■ 19 - at Ida Crown, 7:30 p.m.

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Tyler Hardin brings the ball up the court against Lane at the Chicago Elite Classic in



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dians had already extended

the lead to 43-28.

“They crashed the

boards really well and I

think as a team we didn’t

go a good job of all five

guys going and getting defensive

rebounds,” Burns

said. “They scored the

majority of their points off

of offensive rebounds and

that really hurt us.

“I think we were all really

tired as well. That was

a really tough loss we had

last night . But no excuses,

the other team played a

great game and deserved

to win.”

A positive for the Trevians

is that they saw

equally distributed scoring

between their starters, with

Burns leading the way

with nine points, while

John Carragher, William

Ryan and Jaden Katz all

added eight points apiece.

Coming and playing in

an event like this, against

a team they might not normally

see, is something

that Burns admitted should

help the team as they go

further into the season.

“We can really work

on staying together when

adversity hits us,” Burns

added. “We have to come

together and respond better

than we did today.”

New Trier Green blanked Barrington

4-0 to win the 48th Annual O’Grady

Thanksgiving Tournament hosted by

Loyola Academy, with sophomore Johnny

Hackett scoring two goals in the championship

game. Senior Mac Zelazny also

scored off a beautiful pass by senior Trent

Kadin, and senior Ryan Gallagher had the

empty netter to seal the victory. Senior

goalie Max Lee had the shutout win after

coming in relief of junior Preston Watt,

who left the game with a lower body injury,

and also opened the tournament by

blanking Evanston 9-0.

New Trier Green outscored its opponents

29-7 over five games, and came

back from an 3-0 first-period deficit in its

semifinal game against St. Viator, with

the winning goal scored by junior Charlie

Acri in his first game after returning from

a lower body injury. Hackett ignited the

New Trier Green poses for a picture

after winning the Loyola thanksgiving

Tournament in Wilmette. Photo submitted

comeback with a power play goal early

in the second period when he rebounded

a shot by senior Danny Pugliese. On the

next shift, a score by junior Graeme Paul

made it a one-goal game, and Zelazny

tied the game in the third period, setting

up Acri’s game-winning goal.

Lee, Brian Dolby, Kadin, and Zelazny

were selected to the all-tournament team.

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Wilmette runners make strong showing at Tall Trees Turkey Trot

Neil Milbert

Freelance Reporter

Runners from coast to

coast ran in Glenview’s

23rd annual Tall Trees

Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving

Day, Nov. 28.

The men’s overall winner

was Nick Handel of

San Francisco with a time

of 16 minutes, 27.3 seconds,

and his girlfriend,

Emma McCune, who returned

from San Francisco

to visit her family, was

third overall in the women’s


Kent Blocher of New

York City was victorious

in the men’s 55-64 age

division and 74-year-old

Thomas Place of Carlisle,

Pa. was the men’s 65 and

over winner.

As is their custom in the

Tall Trees Turkey Trot,

the Ackermans, from Wilmette,

put on another stellar


Courtney Ackerman,

who now lives in Chicago,

was the overall women’s

winner in 17:54.6 and her

twin sister, Jessica, the

2018 champion who came

home from Boulder, Colo.,

finished second in 19;16.4.

The twins’ younger

brother, New Trier senior

Tyler Ackerman, was second

overall in the men’s

competition with a time of

16:49.8, and their mother,

Debbie Ackerman, was a

compelling winner in the

women’s 45-54 division

with a time of 20:29.7.

Completing the Ackerman

quintet was Doug

Ackerman, husband of

Debbie and father of

Courtney, Jessica and Tyler.

Although Doug didn’t

win an award he helped to

maintain the family tradition

of running excellence.

Courtney and Jessica still

hold New Trier girls’ track

records. In 2012, Courtney

set the 3,200 meter record

(10:28.98) and the following

year she established

the 1600 meter record

(4:53.81). Jessica set the

800 meter record (2:11.75)

in 2012 and in 2013 she

and her sister ran the last

two legs for the Trevians’

record-breaking 4 x 800 relay

team (9:04.86).

This year Jessica has

been doing iron man triathlons,

competing in

events in Wisconsin and

Florida in a span of three


Like the Ackermans,

many other of the 650 runners

have been making the

Tall Trees Turkey Trot a

Thanksgiving morning

family ritual.

“We live in the neighborhood

so it’s a tradition,”

said Jason Weiss, who was

joined in the starting lineup

by his 11-year-old son,

Jonah. “This is Jonah’s

third year.”

An array of T-shirts

of races from previous

years provided a colorful

clothesline display and put

the event in its historical


It was inaugurated as

the “5K Fun Run” on May

18, 1997 and it remained

a “Fun Run” in May with

a small number of participants

until Nov. 23,

2000 when it was moved

to Thanksgiving Day and

was rebranded The Tall

Trees Turkey Trot.

In keeping with the seasonal

shift, long-sleeved

T-shirts replaced the shortsleeved

shirts participants

received during the first

three years.

After the race was

moved to Thanksgiving

Day it soon became

a fixture on the Glenview

sports calendar. The race

The Ackerman family (from left-to-right), Jessica (Woman’s 2nd place), Tyler (Overall 2nd place) and Courtney

(Woman’s 1st place), all of Wilmette, cleans up with three top finishes during the Turkey Trot Nov. 28 in Glenview.

Photos by Scott Margolin/22nd Century Media

has gotten so big that the

field is now limited to 650


Glenbrook South had a

large contingent of crosscountry

team members

competing and sophomore

Brian Hiltebrand made an

impressive Tall Trees debut

by finishing third overall

in 17.10.3.

Another first timer was

Jess Doss of Antioch,

Tenn., second place finisher

in the men’s 35-44


“We came to visit my

brother and sister-in-law,

Steve and Nancy Speers,

and I signed up my entire

family,” Doss said. “There

were eight of us running.”

The oldest runner was

79-year-old Pete Hastings

of Glenview. “I’ve done

it for many, many, many

The start of the Tall Trees Turkey Trot.

years,” he said.

Another tradition that

makes the Tall Trees Turkey

Trot unique is award

winners posing for a picture

with June de Castro,

who gets dressed up in a

turkey costume.

And, as always, the financial

beneficiary of the

race was Youth Services

of Glenview/Northbrook.

Youth Services Development

Director Lisa

Hanneman was on hand

to express her thanks on

behalf of the non-profit

that has as its “one goal”

fostering “the social and

emotional well-being of

children and youth.”

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Girls gymnastics

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Seasoned squad returns to lead Trevians in ’19-20

Michael Wojtychiw

Sports Editor

Coming off of a state runnerup

finish, it’s highest standing in

27 years, New Trier is looking to

keep that success going in 2019-


And it’s got the team to do

it as well, as the Trevians return

a good amount of its state

lineup, including multiple gymnasts

- Maeve Murdock, Avery

Faulkner and Rachel Zun - who

have been on the varsity squad

for three or four years now.

“When they were freshmen,

even though they were talented

gymnasts coming in, they were

just still kind of new to the whole

high school team, everything,

the atmosphere,” coach Jennifer

Pistorius said. “And I think they

adapted quickly in that year. But

they’ve been pretty strong and

really dedicated working out last

season to get better. They just

want to improve on everything.

They have gotten better skills

and or technique with all the experience.

But their maturity has

been really great, and being able

to help the younger kids.”

The Trevians came in second

last year to Glenbard West,

a team that’s won the state title

the past two seasons. To get

past the defending state champions,

they’ll have to rely on their

depth, something the coach says

they have a good amount of.

The depth is not only based

off of the talent on the squad, but

also the experience that the gymnasts

get year in and year out.

Pistorius hasn’t shied away from

keeping freshmen on the team

and allowing the best gymnasts

an opportunity to play vital roles

on the team.

Two seniors, Faulkner and

Murdock, have been on the New

Trier varsity squad all four seasons

and Maria Morabito was

on the state-qualifying team last


“I think just having been there

last year, that everybody kind of

wants to go back, and they have

the experience of how it was at

regionals and what to do at sectionals,

and then how the everything

is at state,” Pistorius said.

“So they see that and that’s the

ultimate goal.”

Zun, who turned into one of

the Trevians’ most consistent

gymnasts last season, has really

improved in the offseason her

coach said. She’s updated some

2019 New Trier Gymnastics


Avery Faulkner

Kathleen Gorney

Sydney Holder

Amelia Montgomery

Maria Morabito

Maeve Murdock

Ryann Segall

Amy Zun

Rachel Zun

things from last year and improved

her other skills.

A gymnast who didn’t see

as much time last year, Amelia

Montgomery, will be looked

upon to take on a bigger role this

season. Last year, Montgomery

only competed in an event or two

but this year will be competing

all-around for the first time since

grade school.

A plus in the depth is that Pistorius

can have four or five different

Trevians compete in the

all-around and not have to rely

on a couple to do it every single


For a team like New Trier, it’s

obvious to say that the season’s

expectation is to win state. But

that’s not all Pistorius is looking

Rachel Zun will be a key part of the New Trier girls gymnastics

squad this season. 22ND CENTURY MEDIA FILE PHOTO

for from her squad this season.

“I just want everybody,

knowing how hard that they’ve

worked, to have some success

with everything that they’ve

done in the off season,” she said.

“I think we just want to, number

one, stay healthy, have a good

time. Especially with this group

of girls, they’re just a really great

group together. So I’d like to see

them enjoy the same success that

we had last year and maybe improve

on it.”

Basketball Power Rankings

The 22nd Century Media Sports Editors ranked the North Shore area boys and girls basketball teams in our coverage area

throughout the season.


1. Loyola Academy (Previous

week: 1)

Ramblers head coach Tom

Livatino is the programs winningest

coach after his team’s

win over Leo .

2. Glenbrook South (2)

The Titans survived a scare

against New Trier, winning in

Winnetka for the first time since


3. New Trier (3)

New Trier got a taste of some

of the better teams in the area,

falling to Glenbrook South and

Lane Tech.

4. Highland Park (5)

The Giants started conference

play strong with an impressive

performance from Nate Fleisher.

5. Lake Forest (6)

The Scouts split their games

this week, defeating Grayslake

Central and losing to Prospect.

6. Glenbrook North (4)

A young Spartans team fell on

the road in Evanston in a game

that could help speed up the

learning curve.


1. Lake Forest (1)

The Scouts took down Libertyville

and Stevenson as they

seem to be cruising at the beginning

of the season.

2. Loyola Academy (2)

Loyola had a mixed week with

a win over St. Laurence and a

loss at the Kalamazoo Central


3. New Trier (3)

The Trevians took care of both

Glenbrook schools before falling

to Mother McAuley at the Chicagoland

Invitational Showcase.

4. Highland Park (4)

Highland Park split its week,

losing to Vernon Hills and winning

against Round Lake.

5. Glenbrook North (5)

The Spartans continue to learn

after falling to New Trier and

Evanston before taking down


6. Glenbrook South (6)

South is still figuring things

out, falling to Maine South, New

Trier and Taft.

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Ramblers reload behind youthful lineup

Michael Wojtychiw

Sports Editor

It’s been a number of

years since Loyola has

had a wrestler qualify for

the state meet. The Ramblers

came close last year

with Aidan McKeag and

Sam Schierloh, but the

seniors fell short, losing

at the sectional meet, with

Schierloh losing one win

away from the state meet.

This year will be one

that sees the Ramblers

rely on a number of newcomers,

while also welcoming

a new head coach,

Matthew Collum.

Despite the turnover,

Collum is excited for the

season with the team he’s

got in front of him.

“We have a couple of

good freshmen and a couple

of good sophomores

that have been wrestling

very well so far,” Collum

said. “And I expect a

couple of them to make it

down to state this year.

“So the process is trying

to get them used to expecting

to beat opponents

and competing for state

medals every single year.”

In recent years the

Ramblers have had a hard

time filling out a complete

lineup, often taking losses

at multiple weight classes

because they didn’t have

someone in that class.

Collum says that that

shouldn’t be an issue

this season, as he’s got a

nice lineup for his rookie

season at the Wilmette


“So, we’re pretty good

about that this year, we

are pretty close to a full

lineup,” he said. “Our

heavyweight’s out with

an injury. So hopefully

he’ll come back soon. But

otherwise we could pretty

much fill a full lineup this

year, which is good.”

This year’s Ramblers

lineup will rely on a

young lineup, as Collum

expects only one senior to

play a major role.

That means, however,

that a lot of underclassmen,

especially a number

of freshmen, will get a lot

of mat time as they start

their high school careers.

A couple of those freshmen

who have already

gotten off to good starts

are Massey Odiotti (106

pounds) and Danny Herbert,

who had nice debuts

at the Vernon Hills Invite

a couple of weeks ago.

Collum also expects

three sophomores: Mike

Williams (220 pounds),

Kevin Kadeshi (113

pounds) and James Kreutz

to make big impacts. This

is Kreutz’s first year on

varsity and Collum expects

the sophomore to

improve considerably

throughout the season.

Josh Kreutz, James’

older brother, will be back

for the Ramblers this year

as well, once he returns

from a football injury he

sustained during the football


Collum’s expectations

for the season are actually

pretty easy.

“I just hope they’re

enjoying this, the sport

of wrestling and that

they’re learning and that

they stick around and

they come back year after

year,” Collum said.

“Hopefully we can get

some off season freestyle

and Greco wrestling going

for them here because

that’s where they really

make their improvements

for the wrestling season.

That’s what you see all the

elite guys doing as well.

And, just as a team just

getting better. And like I

said before, getting some

guys qualified for state.”

Boys swimming and diving

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New Trier enters season with young, experienced squad

Michael Wojtychiw

Sports Editor

After winning a state

title in 2018 behind a

senior-heavy team, New

Trier knew it would take a

step back as it mixed new

swimmers in with some

returning veterans.

While the team will be

on the younger side again

this season, it’ll be a more

experienced one than it

was in 2018-19. And what

helps is also the depth that

the Trevians have in their


According to coach

Josh Runkle, there are

about 115 swimmers in

the Trevians’ program

and around 30 are on the

varsity squad. Twelve

of those are sophomores

and four are freshmen so

a little more than half of

the swimmers are in their

first or second year in the

2019 New Trier Home


Jan. 10 - host Maine

South, 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 11 - host Dive

Invite, 9 a.m.

Jan. 17 - host

Glenbrook South, 5:30


Jan. 18 - host Trevian

Relays, noon

Jan. 31 - host

Evanston, 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 15 - host CSL

Invite, 1 p.m.

Pearce Bailey returns as the most seasoned member of the New Trier boys swimming and diving team. 22nd

Century Media File Photo


Having that many

swimmers can be both a

plus and a minus.

“I think it helps with

maybe some development

of some younger guys,”

Runkle said. “They kind

of see a different level

maybe of training, a little

more volume of training.

I think it can be an

hindrance though, sometimes

it gets crowded, so

the specificity of the work

you’re doing sometimes

may suffer a little bit.”

New Trier will be led

by some familiar faces

this year, namely Pearce


Bailey, who has been an

integral part on Trevian

relays, made it to championship

Saturday of the

state finals in three events

last season, highlighted by

a sixth-place finish in the

50-yard freestyle. He was

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Trevs experience adversity at Chicago Elite Classic

Michael Wojtychiw

Sports Editor

When Simeon and Whitney

Young boys basketball

coaches Robert Smith and

Tyrone Slaughter came up

with the idea of putting on

the Chicago Elite Classic

eight years ago, it was to

showcase teams throughout

the country and utilize

basketball to promote and

encourage a champions in

life message.

New Trier had a chance

to participate in the twoday

event for the first time

Friday, Dec. 6, when it

took on Lane at Wintrust

Arena in Chicago.

Unfortunately for the

Trevians, coming off of a

tough one-point, overtime

loss to Glenbrook South

the night before, they

dropped their second game

in a row, falling to the Indians


“Their pressure really

frustrated us,” New Trier’s

Ian Burns said. “Playing

Chicago teams, they tend

to pressure a lot more. We

didn’t respond really well

from that.

“Everybody did a great

job with this event. It was

a lot of fun. I’ve never

played in anything this big

so it was really nice.”

It was a couple slow

starts that really hurt the

Trevians, primarily in the

first and third quarters.

In the first quarter, New

Trier fell behind 10-2 and

19-9 thanks to hot outside

shooting by the Indians.

Lane hit three early

3-pointers before the Trevians

were able to start

making a comeback.

By the end of the quarter,

the Trevians had cut

the lead down to 21-16

thanks to a late 7-2 run to

end the period.

A combined nine missed

shots and seven turnovers

really hampered anything

both teams could do in

the second quarter and

the Trevians went into the

break trailing by only six

points, 32-26.

However, much like the

first quarter, the third quarter

was when Lane was

truly able to pull away.

The Trevians didn’t score

for the first five minutes,

three seconds of the quarter

and by that time, the In-

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NSCD hoping familiarity leads to success

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1. New Trier girls


(above). The

Trevians won

their season

opener against

Niles North and

finished second

at the Glenbard

West Invite.

2. New Trier Green.

The Trevians’

top squad went

unbeaten at

the High School

Prep Invitational,

outscoring its

opponents 38-4

en route to its

second tourney

title in as many


3. Loyola boys

basketball. Loyola

started CCL play

by winning games

against Leo and


Michael Wojtychiw

Sports Editor

North Shore Country

Day might only bring

back three players from

last year’s varsity squad,

but that isn’t a major

worry for Raiders coach

Rashid Smith.

Why, you ask?

Because the players that

make up this year’s varsity

team played together on

the junior varsity squad

and have that camaraderie

from playing together for

at least one year.

“I think the mixture

of the chemistry that the

younger guys bring and

that little bit of experience

is what we’re trying to

lean on, but I think we’re

going to go through an adjustment

phase early on,”

he said.

“The experience playing

together at lower level,

and a lot of those guys

really worked hard this

summer to improve their

game. I think that’ll help

us kind of mask some of

the things, the inexperience.”

Luckily for the Raiders,

the two players that saw

major minutes last season,

Imaad Vohra and Trevor

Heyward, are back at the

backcourt positions.

Vohra is a “pure point

guard” Smith says, one

that is a great distributor

that has great ball sense,

“I think the goal is to improve daily, find our roles, understand

how we all fit together,” he said. “I think if we do that, we’ll peak.

We’ll peak and we’ll peak at the right time.”

Rashid Smith - North Shore Country Day boys basketball coach

a feel for the game and

can be a pesky defender

and score when he needs

to. Hayward, on the other

hand, is a versatile defender

who is agile and is

quick to the ball.

The two players, however,

aren’t big time scorers,

which is something

North Shore will have to

look for this season, especially

early on as the players

look to find their roles

on the team.

Alex Freiburger is a

player that will play in the

post and one of the players

that moved up from

the junior varsity last season.

He scored 24 in his

varsity debut Thursday,

Dec. 5, against Rochelle


“He had an extremely

good game,” the coach

said. “And more than just

scoring the ball. He was

active on the glass and he

played tough. He played

tough and physical, which

is great to see.

Two others he’s looking

for to step up are John

Sprenger and Sam Roszak.

Sprenger is a guy who

can play off the ball and

Smith is hoping for him

to complement Vohra.

Roszak, Smith says, is the

team’s “best athlete.” He’s

a six-foot-four wing who

can really get up the court.

The Raiders are coming

off of a fourth-place

finish in the Independent

School League and will

once again have to deal

with Latin and U-High.

Smith does have some

goals in mind though.

“I think the goal is to

improve daily, find our

roles, understand how we

all fit together,” he said. “I

think if we do that, we’ll

peak. We’ll peak and we’ll

peak at the right time.

“I think if they could

just continue to work together,

and struggle together.

I think eventually

it’ll result in success for

them, and I can’t put a

number on that success.

I can’t put a round to the

playoff on that success.

But I think if they can put

their individual talents

together, that collectively

we’ll be more than the

sum of our parts.”

2019 North Shore Raiders Roster

Imaad Vohra

William Pappas

Luke Atia

Trevor Hayward

Alex Freiburger

Sam Roszak

Patrick Fitzgerald

Riley Jones

Richard Gallun

Demonte Collins

Nick Potter

John Sprenger

2019 North Shore Schedule

Dec. 17 - at Parker, 6 p.m.

Dec. 18 - at Rickover, 6 p.m.

Dec. 27 - at Christian Liberty Shootout, TBA

Dec. 28 - at Christian Liberty Shootout, TBA

Jan. 8 - vs. Parker, 6 p.m.

Jan. 10 - vs. Morgan Park Academy, 6 p.m.

Jan. 11 - vs. Latin, 3 p.m.

Jan. 15 - at Ida Crown, 6 p.m.

Jan. 17 - at Northridge Prep, 6 p.m.

Jan. 18 - vs. Sullivan, 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 24 - vs. Elgin Academy, 6 p.m.

Feb. 5 - at Christian Liberty, 6 p.m.

Feb. 6 - at Latin, 6 p.m.

Feb. 7 - at Morgan Park Academy, 6 p.m.

Feb. 10 - vs. Schaumburg Christian, 6 p.m

Feb. 13 - vs. Northridge, 6 p.m..

Feb. 19 - vs. Yeshiva, 7:45 p.m.

Feb. 20 - vs. U-High, 6:30 p.m.

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“So they see that and that’s the ultimate


Jennifer Pistorius — New Trier girls gymnastics coach on

how experience will help her squad this season.

tunE in

What to watch this week

WRESTLING: It’s another big conference battle in the CSL


• New Trier travels to Glenbrook South to take on the

Titans at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 in Glenview.


42 - This Week In

40 - Athlete of the Week

Fastbreak is compiled by Sports Editor Michael

Wojtychiw, m.wojtychiw@22ndcenturymedia.com.

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