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Animals

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Celebrity judges, area businesses pour their hearts into Orland Township’s

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THURSDAY

3D String Art

4-6 p.m. Feb. 6, The

Bridge Teen Center, 15555

S. 71st Court. Teens grades

7-12 can create an intricate

three-dimensional design

by wrapping string around

nails on foam board. This

is a free event. For more

information, call (708)

532-0500 or visit www.

thebridgeteencenter.org.

Self-Defense w/Victory

MMA

4:30-5:45 p.m. Feb. 6,

The Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court. Teens

grades 7-12 can build confidence,

learn how to prevent

a dangerous situation

and defend themselves if

one arises. This is a free

event. For more information,

call (708) 532-0500

or visit www.thebridgete

encenter.org.

Open Mic Night for

Writers

7 p.m. Feb. 6, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Participants

can take 5 minutes to

share a part of their stories

or poetry with those who

enjoy the written word, or

come to hear some great

writing. People should

sign-in at the door if they

would like to read. All participants

must abide by the

open mic rules, which are

available at the Adult Services

Reference Desk or at

the sign-in table.

FRIDAY

Gypsy Music Street

4 p.m. Feb. 7, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Roberta

Dietzen shares a family

history about love, irrevocable

loss and the continuing

generational trauma of

the Holocaust on families.

Dietzen is to focus on the

importance of educating

the world about the Holocaust

and being advocates

of Holocaust education.

Battle Of The Bands 2020

7:30-10:30 p.m. Feb. 7,

The Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court. Teens

grades 7-12 can join The

Bridge as local student

bands go head to head.

They also can get creative

in the Art Studio by making

collages on vintage vinyl

records. Food samples

for the night will be from

McAlister’s Deli. This is

a free event. For more information,

call (708) 532-

0500 or visit www.thebri

dgeteencenter.org.

SATURDAY

Bingo

2 p.m. Feb. 8, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. People can

grab their daubers and join

the library for bingo.

TUESDAY

Afternoons at OPPL –

Elaine Dame

2 p.m. Feb. 11, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Chicagobased

jazz singer Elaine

Dame sings.

Meet the Author: Elizabeth

Berg

7 p.m. Feb. 11, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Bestselling

author Elizabeth Berg

returns to sign her latest

release, “The Confession

Club,” which tells the story

of a group of friends in

Mason, Missouri, who decide

to start a monthly supper

club but get more than

they bargained for. Copies

of the book will be available

for purchase.

Ukulele

4-5 p.m. Feb. 11 and 13,

The Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court. All

levels welcome. Ukuleles

provided. This is a free

event for teens in grades

7-12. For more information,

call (708) 532-0500

or visit www.thebridgete

encenter.org.

Project Serve: Quality

Time with Seniors

4-6 p.m. Feb. 11, The

Bridge Teen Center, 15555

S. 71st Court. Teens grades

7-12 can play a card game

with our senior friends.

Community service hours

given. This is a free event.

For more information, call

(708) 532-0500 or visit

www.thebridgeteencenter.

org.

WEDNESDAY

DIY Beauty: Body Spritzer

& Bath Powder

4-5 p.m. Feb. 12, The

Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court. Teens

grades 7-12 can make

body spritzers and bath

fizzy powders with essential

oils using a few simple

ingredients. This is a free

event. For more information,

call (708) 532-0500

or visit www.thebridgete

encenter.org.

Social Media as a Career

5-6 p.m. Feb. 12, The

Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court. Teens

grades 7-12 can take their

social media to the next

level, and practice by photographing

and marketing

a product. They should

bring a phone. This is a

free event. For more information,

call (708) 532-

0500 or visit www.thebri

dgeteencenter.org.

A New Birth of Freedom

7 p.m. Feb. 12, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Living

historian Kevin Wood is

to provide a first-person

historical portrayal of

Abraham Lincoln. Wood

is to discuss the events of

his own life and the life

of the nation during Lincoln’s

time. Attendees will

hear Lincoln’s best-known

speeches and writings.

UPCOMING

STEM: Amateur Radio

4:30-5:45 p.m. Thursday,

Feb. 13, The Bridge

Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st

Court. Teens grades 7-12

can hear how radio operators

communicate and

provide help in worldwide

emergencies. They can try

out a few radios, too. This

is a free event. For more

information, call (708)

532-0500 or visit www.

thebridgeteencenter.org.

Capone and Ness: The True

Story of the Untouchables

11 a.m.-noon Saturday,

Feb. 15, Orland Park History

Museum, 14415 Beacon

Ave. Historian and

actor Joseph Geringer is

back at the museum. He

will give a talk about the

government’s fight against

Capone, his gunmen and

their hold on the Chicago

area. $10 for members,

$15 for nonmembers.

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ONGOING

Powered by Plants Potluck

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

Thursday of every month,

starting Feb. 13, Orland

Park Health & Fitness,

15430 West Ave., Conference

Room. Participants

can socialize and learn

concepts and tips from

each other. The health

benefits of a whole food

plant-based diet will be

discussed at each event.

The event is free to attend.

People can bring a plantbased,

oil-free dish to

share. To RSVP, call Janet

at (708) 256-0102. Space

is limited.

Winter Wonderland Ice

Rink

Through Feb. 23, Centennial

Park, 15600 West

Ave. Skaters with own

skates can use ice rink

daily beginning at sunrise.

Rink closes when warming

house closes. Weather permitting.

Warming house/

skate rental hours are 4-7

p.m. Monday-Thursday,

4-8 p.m. Friday, noon-

8 p.m. Saturday, noon-7

p.m. Sunday, but subject to

change. For more information,

call (708) 403-5000,

visit orlandpark.org or

email orlandrecreation@

orlandpark.org.

Mahjong

9:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays,

Cultural Center,

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Sprinklers help to

spare animals after

pet store catches fire

Bill Jones, Editor

Orland Fire Protection

District officials are saying

the activation of a

sprinkler system helped to

ensure all animals were in

good condition following a

fire the evening of Jan. 27

at an Orland Park pet store.

The incident took place

around 8:15 p.m. that evening

at Chicago Fish and

Coral Company/Chicago

Birdhouse, in the 14400

block of John Humphrey

Drive, according to Ray

Hanania, a spokesperson

for Orland Fire. The district

got both an alarm

and 911 call regarding the

9

fire, and arrived to find a

“small” fire near the front

door, Hanania said.

The sprinkler system

had activated by the time

firefighters made entry to

extinguish the blaze and

begin ventilation of the

store, Hanania said. Smoke

reportedly was removed

from the inside of the pet

store units within a few

minutes, and then from surrounding

businesses.

The owner of the pet

store assessed all animals

and found them to be in

good condition, Hanania

said.

“We did not lose a single

animal,” owner Brian Potter

wrote in an email to

The Prairie. “Feel super

fortunate that a horrible

situation came out in the

best possible way.”

The animals remained

on site, and one window

broken for ventilation has

been sealed, according to

Orland Fire.

The cause of the fire

remained under investigation

as of press time, but

Potter said it looked like

the fire was started by a

chiller on one of the fish

tanks.

For more on this and other

Breaking News, visit OPPrai

rieDaily.com.

GoFundMe launched to help family of

girl who died in Orland Park collision

Bill Jones, Editor

A GoFundMe page has

been started to help the

family of Evelyn Thomas,

a 5-year-old preschool student

at Park School who

died last month in a vehicular

collision in Orland Park.

The fund — which can

be found by searching the

site for “Funeral & Medical

Expenses for Sylvi &

Evie Thomas” — seeks

money to help the family

with expenses related to

the crash. It was created on

behalf of and with the permission

of Hilary Thomas,

the mother of Evelyn, and

Bram Holden, Evelyn’s

stepfather, according to the

post and family.

Around 9:40 p.m. Jan.

23, a sedan containing

three occupants — including

Evelyn — was traveling

northbound on Harlem

Avenue and turned westbound

onto 151st Street

when it was struck by

an SUV traveling southbound.

All occupants of

those two vehicles were

transported to the hospital,

but no one else had injuries

thought to be life-threatening,

Orland Park Police Lt.

Ken Rosinski said.

One of the other occupants

of the vehicle in

which Evelyn was riding

was her sister, Sylviana (or

Sylvi), 6, according to the

GoFundMe. Sylviana was

released from the hospital

Jan. 26, according to an

update.

As of Thursday, Jan.

30, the fund to help the

family had raised roughly

$14,300.

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Souper Bowl Challenge returns for great cause

Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Reporter

Competitors trained all

year for this, and after four

quarters of competition,

champions emerged victorious.

Some participants may

have left empty-handed,

but no one left with an

empty stomach as Orland

Township hosted its annual

Souper Bowl Challenge

on Saturday, Feb. 1.

The event was held with

16 competitors in four categories

— Rookies, Public

Service Pro Bowlers,

Senior Hall of Famers,

Culinary MVPs — and all

proceeds benefited the Orland

Township Food Pantry.

Contestants also made

extra batches of their specialty

soups to be donated

to local soup kitchens and

shelters.

“We’ve got raffles,

split-the-pot and football

squares to go with the Super

Bowl theme,” Orland

Township Administrative

Assistant Lindsay Trost

said. “All the proceeds go

to the food pantry, and all

of our contestants made an

additional batch of soup,

which we are bringing to

Daybreak in Joliet. It’s fun.

The soup kitchen will also

host its own little Souper

Bowl Challenge and let the

people there vote for their

favorite soups.”

Along with competing

for the coveted Golden Ladle

award in each category,

the chefs also were judged

for Best Decorations —

for their table design and

theme — and a people’s

choice award was voted on

by all in attendance.

“We have some new

unique soups,” Trost said.

“I was trying Felicitas Cortez

from the Orland Park

Diane Hamil, of New Lenox, hands a sample of her Football Soup to Patrick Hastings,

of Frankfort, on Saturday, Feb. 1, during Orland Township’s Souper Bowl Challenge.

Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

Area Chamber of Commerce’s

Asian noodle soup

with quail egg, so that’s really

unique. You’ve got to

love your chicken noodles

and tomato soups, but it’s

nice to spice it up a little

bit.”

The chamber competed

in the Public Service Pro

Bowlers category against

David Hardy, of Smith

Crossing, and Illinois State

Sen. Michael Hastings, the

latter of whom served beef

Maria Rosa made by his

staff member Nora “Golden

Ladle” Gruenberg.

Charles Johnson, Suzanne

Law, and the duo of Tina

Zekich and Angela Greenfield

were featured in the

Rookie category, and the

Senior Hall of Famers included

Bill Brady, Diane

Hamil, Bill Hurley and

Mary Lu Wasniewski.

Several area restaurants

went head-to-head in the

Culinary MVPs division,

including The Ashford

House, Chuy’s, Gatto’s,

Georgios, Rubino’s and

Traverso’s.

Orland Park residents

Diane Graf, Annivar Salgado

and Carol Mozwecz

were all impressed by

Georgios’ cream of chicken

and rice.

“I just thought it was

perfect,” Graf said. “It was

so good. The texture was

good. The taste was good.

I liked it a lot.”

Salgado echoed the enthusiasm,

saying, “I’m

with her. My favorite

was the Georgios cream

of chicken with rice for

two reasons. One, the flavor,

and there [were] little

pieces of chicken throughout

the whole soup, the

flavors were good. Two, it

was creamy, but not super

creamy, and it just stuck

with me.”

Mozwecz agreed,

though she said she also

enjoyed Ashford House’s

cream of chicken and rice,

and declared it a tie.

Chef Don Kantowski of

Georgios explained that a

finishing touch is the secret

to the crowd-pleasing

soup.

“We have cream of

chicken with rice,” Kantowski

said. “It’s a little

twist on it. We finish it

with a little bit of lemon,

and it really makes the flavor

a little bit lighter and a

little bit different than your

typical heavy soup.”

Celebrity judges NBC

Storm Team meteorologist

Andy Avalos and Star

96.7 Morning Show hosts

Kevin Kollins and Brooke

Hunter had the tough job

of determining which

soups reigned supreme. In

the end, the coveted Golden

Ladles were awarded

to Tina Zekich and Angel

Greenfield’s leek, potato

and spinach soup in the

Orland Parkers (left to right) Adam Alomari, Laith

Rahahleh and Kamal Elebaid toast to Felicitas Cortez’s

Asian noodle soup with quail egg.

Felicitas Cortez — with her husband, Joseph —

takes home the top prize in the Golden Ladle and

Best Decorations categories of the Public Service

Pro Bowlers for the Orland Park Area Chamber of

Commerce.

Rookie division; Felicitas

Cortez and the Orland Park

Area Chamber’s Asian

noodle soup with quail egg

in the Public Service Pro

Bowlers division; Diane

Hamil’s Football Soup in

the Senior Hall of Famers;

and Chuy’s chicken tortilla

soup in the Culinary

MVPs.

But Hastings said he felt

like he won just by spending

the day with the community

at Orland Township.

“They have the best senior

services in the south

suburbs, no doubt about

it,” he said. “Whether it’s

hosting Senior Speed Dating

or Dancing with the

Stars or Senior Idol, Orland

Township is something

to be respected and

looked up to in the Township

community. … If you

look around, everyone’s

happy. Everyone is eating

soup, and the Super Bowl

is tomorrow. This is a great

kick-off.”


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La Grange Women Voters’

forum to feature District 3

Congressional candidates

Submitted by La Grange

League of Women Voters

The League of Women

Voters of the La Grange

Area is sponsoring a forum

for the candidates

running for the primary

election for Democrats in

Illinois’ 3rd Congressional

District.

Candidates will make

brief presentations on

their backgrounds, qualifications

and interest in

running for office. This

will be followed by questions

from the audience

and the League of Women

Voters submitted to the

LWV moderator.

Additionally, questions

submitted by citizens

in advance of the

forum will be asked of

the candidates. To submit

a question, send an email

to LWV2020District3@

gmail.com

The Candidate Forum

is to be held from 7-8

p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20,

at Lyons Township High

School, South Campus,

4900 Willow Springs

Road in Western Springs.

Forum will be in the Performing

Arts Center.

The event is open to the

public and free of charge.

For more information,

email league@lagrange

arealwv.org or visit www.

lagrangearealwv.org.

More details on Quilt of Tears exhibit

scheduled for Feb. 6-8 in Orland Park

Event runs through

Feb. 8 at Orland

Park Civic Center

Submitted by Village of

Orland Park

The Quilt of Tears exhibit,

hosted by the Orland

Park Veterans’ Commission,

is to be held Feb. 6-8

at the Orland Park Civic

Center, 14750 S. Ravinia

Ave.

The event is intended to

bring attention to the needs

of those exposed to Agent

Orange and other herbicides

during military service.

The three-day event

is to include the exhibit, a

veterans’ benefits presentation,

a candidate forum

on veterans’ issues, a military

expo and more.

The event is to kick off

at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6,

with an opening ceremony

that includes the posting

of colors by Orland-Palos

Reber-Tesmond Memorial

VFW Post 2604 and

the Orland Park American

Legion Memorial Post

111; an opening prayer

by Pat Rafferty, District 8

chaplain; and a welcome

message from Orland

Park Mayor Keith Pekau.

The Quilt of Tears exhibit

is to feature the Agent

Orange Quilt of Tears, a

collection of handmade

quilt patches paying tribute

to the victims of Agent

Orange exposure.

Day 2 of the exhibit

on Friday, Feb. 7, offers

the Quilt of Tears to view

from 1-9 p.m. In addition,

Theresa Hartmann

of the Orland Park Veterans

Center and Kristi Mc-

Nichol of the Will County

Veterans Assistance Commission

are to be on-hand

to discuss benefits for

veterans. Classes will be

offered at 1:30 and 3:30

p.m. Pekau is to moderate

the Candidates Forum on

Veterans Issues and Herbicide

Legislation from

6-7:30 p.m.

On the final day of the

event on Saturday, Feb.

8, the Quilt of Tears exhibit

is to open at 10 a.m.

on and conclude at 5 p.m.

The Military Expo is to

begin at 10 a.m. and conclude

at 4:30 p.m. Lunch

donated by City Barbeque

of Orland Park will be

served in the Civic Center

Annex from noon-1

p.m. to the first 200 attendees.

A forum is to be

held at 1:15 p.m. beginning

with a few words

from Orland Park Quilt

of Tears Event Coordinator

Tom Dubelbeis, who is

Capital letters

to touch on the subject of

veterans herbicide exposure.

Attorney Ed Farmer

is to present a “When do

I Need an Attorney for my

VA Claims” discussion at

1:45 p.m.

At 2:15 p.m., Orland

Park Veterans Center Director

Theresa Hartmann

is to offer her expertise

on veterans benefits, followed

by a presentation

about veterans suicide by a

nurse educator from Hines

Veterans Administration

Hospital.

The closing ceremony

is to be held at 5 p.m. and

include the retiring of colors

and closing comments

from the event organizer.

All activities are free

of charge and open to the

public.

For more information,

contact Orland Park Veterans

Commission Chairman

Dale Carver (762)

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5:30-7:00pm

Demonstration starts at 6

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Marist High School

Students from Orland Park named to

honor roll, dean’s list

Marist High School recently announced

the names of those who earned

honors in the first semester of Marist

High School’s 2019-2020 academic year.

Those who made the dean’s list are

students who earned a GPA of 5.0 or better.

Those students who received honors

earned a GPA of 4.5 to 4.9 out of a 5.0.

The following Orland Park students

made the dean’s list: Grace Allocco,

Abigail Beeson, Jack Beeson, Albert

Bernhardt, Hugh Brennan, Caroline Callaghan,

Maia Dawczak, Jack Detampel,

Olivia Eck, Benjamin Fanelli, Brian Ferguson,

Mikayla Flanagan, Megan Flynn,

Casey Flynn, Carl Grebenor, Kelsey

Grzymski, Anthony Haddad, Kathleen

Harring, Adam Hermann, James Hollowell,

Grace Hollowell, Collin Jennings,

Maeve Kelly, Conor Kelly, Brianna

Kilcoyne, John Lenz, Thomas Leonard,

Jonathan Malfas, Angelina Marino, Anthony

Markett, Connor McNamara, Ryan

Meehan, Zachary Mineiko, Grace Misiunas,

Daniel Murphy, Natalie Palmer,

Victoria Pindelski, Lindsey Richter,

Caitlin Richter, James Rolder, Eleanor

Ruf, Abigail Ruzevich, Delaney Ryan,

William Schreck, Isabella Schreck,

Emma Shea, Grace Sheeran, Eliza Shroba,

John Small, Madelyn Stack, Zachary

Stack, Haniyyah Thomas, Amanda Tracy

and Elise Ward.

The following students from Orland

Park were awarded honors: Luke Allocco,

Sarah Aranda, Francis Beeson,

Mark Brannigan, Margaret Carroll,

Tyler Chesniak, Conor Cooke, Kaitlin

Cupp, Sophia Davidson, Benett Detampel,

Owen Duffy, Quinn Duffy, Morgan

Flynn, Grace Guzolek, James Luzzo,

Emelia Malfas, Thomas McAuliffe, Benjamin

Meehan, Hayden Mikesell, Natalie

Mozdzen, Donald Mutzbauer, Tyler

O’Brochta, Andrew Odeh, Liam Ryan,

Scott Rybak, Jacob Stefanos, Tristan Stefanos,

Michael Ulleweit, Olivia Whelan

and Andrew Whelan.

Providence Catholic High School

Two from Orland Park named Students

of the Month

Dr. John Harper, principal of Providence

Catholic High School, recently

announced the school’s “Students of the

Month” for December.

Every month, each academic department

chairperson selects one student as

its “Student of the Month” from a number

of students nominated by faculty and

staff. Students of the Month receive a

certificate of recognition, have their photos

displayed in Providence Catholic’s

main hallway for the following month

and are invited to a special luncheon.

Among those named December Students

of the Month were Orland Parkers

Sophia Wilko and Ella Coyle.

Bradley University

Three students from Orland Park receive

degrees

Bradley University recently announced

nearly 300 students who received their

academic degrees in December.

Among them: Lindsay Kozlowski, of

Orland Park, graduated with a major in

music education instrumental; Amanda

DeVos, of Orland Park, graduated with

a major in mechanical engineering biomedical

engineering; and Raven Elias,

of Orland Park, graduated with a major

in community wellness.

Carthage College

Students from Orland Park among those

on dean’s list

More than 900 students have been

named to the Carthage College dean’s

list for the fall 2019 semester. Dean’s list

honors are accorded to Carthage students

who achieve a minimum 3.5 grade-point

average while carrying at least 14 credit

hours during a semester.

Among those named to the list are the

following students from Orland Park:

Destiny Antoine, Jillian Schirmacher,

Jacob Simonek and Hanna Tacker.

McKendree University

President’s list names Orland Park

resident among honorees

Madelyn Vacha, of Orland Park, was

named to the McKendree University

president’s list for achieving a perfect

4.0 grade point average as a senior during

the fall 2019 semester.

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FROM THE MOKENA MESSENGER

Nearly 100 residents ask

for answers on crime

Crime was on many residents’

minds Jan. 27, as

nearly 100 people packed

into the Mokena Village

Board meeting to vocalize

their concerns.

Several residents spoke

during the public comment

period after a two-month

span that has seen several

incidents of vehicular burglaries,

thefts and other

crimes.

Mokena Mayor Frank

Fleischer said that the

Village Board and police

department are working

“tirelessly” to address the

incidents.

“These are crimes of opportunity,

and the Village

will continue its prevention

efforts by keeping this

issue a major priority for

the Mokena Police Department,”

he said.

The prevention efforts

include maintaining

the priority of patrolling

neighborhoods on the

midnight shifts. Fleischer

also said the Village has

used its resources to try

to curb the problem, including:

having additional

police personnel on the

midnight shift; notifying

residents of open garage

doors; monitoring

traffic at the entrances

to the Village; and community

outreach to residents,

asking them to lock

their vehicles, place valuables

out of sight, and to

not leave unattended vehicles

running with physical

keys or remote keys

present.

Finally, the mayor said

the Village Board will continue

to keep this issue top

of mind.

“I did not move out here

to be bullied by a bunch

of punks that have nothing

better to do than come

out to our town and ruin

our way of life,” he said.

“I promise you that we

are not going to take this

lightly.”

Reporting by Jon DePaolis,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit MokenaMesseng

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FROM THE TINLEY JUNCTION

Union steps up, ‘saves’

First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church of

Tinley Park has been serving

the area’s faithful for

nearly 70 years but faced

an existential threat when

Cook County inspectors

refused to renew its occupancy

permits.

Fortunately for the

church’s flock, one of

their own, Mike Wilson,

is a retired sprinkler fitter

whose union connections

led to the church receiving

a roughly $150,000

sprinkler system — and its

requisite permits — nearly

free of charge.

The union — Sprinkler

Fitters Local 281, out of

Alsip — learned of First

Baptist’s plight through

Wilson and promptly

sprang to action, deploying

its crews of apprentices to

tackle the trickier-thanusual

job over the course

of five months.

“He asked if there was

anything the local could

do,” said Bryan LaRoche,

the local’s president and

director of training. “So,

we took it on as a project

for myself, my staff and

apprentices, and retrofitted

the sprinkler system of the

building.”

First Baptist is a congregation

of roughly

100 members, said the

Rev. Harold Parsley, the

92-year-old who’s been

leading the church for

more than a decade.

As a thank you, Parsley

invited the union back to

First Baptist Jan. 21 for

a breakfast featuring his

famous applesauce blueberry

pancakes.

“I make the best pancakes

you ever ate,” Parsley

said.

LaRoche said he felt

“blessed” to have met

Parsley, having “spent a

lot of time with him during

the process.”

“The union did an absolutely

fantastic job,” Parsley

said. “They saved this

church.”

Reporting by Will O’Brien,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit TinleyJunction

Daily.com.

FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT

Route 30 water main

replacement to begin

Construction on the water

main replacement on

Route 30 likely will begin

in spring and finish by the

end of the year, the New

Lenox Village Board announced

during its Jan. 27

meeting.

The board also approved

the bid award for

the project to Len Cox &

Sons Excavating at the

cost of $3.82 million.

The vote carried with all

in favor, minus the votes

of Trustees Keith Madsen

and Annette Bowden, who

were absent.

The project will begin

once the loan process is

approved by the State.

One concern expressed

by Trustee David Smith

was “how bad is it going

to mess up Route 30” in

relation to traffic.

Civil engineer Will

Nash said it will be bad

for a little while, mainly

down by Oak Drive and

Pine Street.

“Other than that, we

should be out of the street

for most of it,” he added.

Nash also assured the

board that there will be

minimal water service interruption

to the area.

“When we have to take

them off of the old water

main that is out there and

tie them on to the new

one, we’ll coordinate with

all those businesses out

there,” Nash said. “There

will be a duration of time,

a couple hours, half a day

at the most, where they

might be out of water.

We’ll work with those

businesses to do that at the

most opportune time.”

Reporting by Sean Hastings,

Editor. For more, visit New

LenoxPatriotDaily.com.

FROM THE FRANKFORT STATION

Teen donates pillows to

cancer patients

Oncology and infusion

patients at Riverside

Healthcare can now ride

in vehicles more comfortably,

thanks to the generous

efforts of an area teen.

On Jan. 6, Ava Daly,

a Girl Scout and eighthgrade

student at Peotone

Junior High School, delivered

84 port-a-cath

pillows she created to

patients at the Frankfort

healthcare campus.

These special pillows are

designed to prevent patients

with a chemo port

— a small tube attached

to a vein in one’s chest

— from experiencing discomfort

from seat belts.

The pillows are placed

over the port, eliminating

unwanted pressure.

“One of my mom’s

friends has a son who

has a port-a-cath, and he

can’t wear a seatbelt because

it’s too uncomfortable,”

Daly explained.

“So, that’s why we made

them.”

The pillows, which attach

to the seatbelts with

Velcro, are made by cutting

pieces of leftover fabric

into rectangles, sewing

up one side, stuffing them

with polyester fiberfill and

sewing up the other side,

Daly said. She has been

working on the project

since July.

“If they were to ever

get in a car accident, they

would be able to be more

protected by their seatbelts,”

Daly said. “Being

able to help people felt really

good.”

Reporting by Nuria Mathog,

Editor. For more, visit Frank

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FROM THE HOMER HORIZON

LTHS grad celebrates grand

reopening of his gym

Lockport Township

High School graduate Tim

Gaba wanted to build a

gym that had a welcoming

atmosphere, and, armed

with that vision, he started

Perfect Shape Fitness in

January 2015.

“I envisioned a gym

where people feel comfortable

and confident

learning how to exercise,

without feeling intimidated,

like in a big-box

gym,” Gaba said. “Also,

making it affordable for

individuals to hire a personal

trainer, as there is a

need to help better one’s

health and fitness.”

Located at 703 E. 9th

St. in Lockport, Perfect

Shape Fitness celebrated

its grand reopening Jan.

18. And the gym is offering

specials on its group

training, one-on-one

training, and a raffle to

give away T-shirts, hooded

sweaters and water

bottles.

“We completely remodeled

the gym, and added a

kid area for parents who

are exercising at PSF,”

Gaba said. “We were very

proud to do this complete

remodel without having to

close or interrupt our business.

It took us just under

two months to complete.”

Gaba said the gym

has added more strength

equipment, such as squat

racks, barbells, dumbbells

and benches. The flooring

also has been upgraded to

rubber, and on Feb. 1 an

introduction to powerlifting

was offered, along

with new class times to

better serve clients.

“The focus at PSF is the

quality of each repetition

and the safety of our clients,”

Gaba said.

Reporting by Abhinanda

Datta, Contributing Editor.

For more, visit HomerHori

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FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND

Library to celebrate Black

History Month with

events

The White Oak Library

Lockport Branch is ramping

up its celebration of

Black History Month, inviting

multiple speakers

and hosting film screenings

to both bring black

history to the forefront

and celebrate black culture.

“It’s important for the

library to celebrate all

people,” said Evangeline

Stephenson, the adult and

teen services supervisor at

the library. “It’s important

for us to be a community

space and be open to everyone,

and we like to let

everyone know that they

are welcome.”

Scheduled events at

Lockport include documentary

and film screenings,

and a presentation

from Lewis University

history professor Mark

Schultz. The monthly

book club also will be

reading a historical novel

focused on segregation.

Reporting by Benjamin Conboy,

Assistant Editor. For

more, visit LockportLegend

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Truth of my youth:

Growing up in the

area, our block on

two occasions had a string

of vehicle burglaries. In

both instances, neighbors

on both sides lost some of

their belongings — mostly

change — from inside of

their vehicles. Our family

did not.

Their cars were unlocked;

ours locked. They

apparently had some

things worth taking within

eyesight; we did not.

But one time — one

time! — I left my favorite

New Found Glory hoodie

on a bench in the lunchroom

at the Catholic high

school I attended. I returned

within 15 minutes

after realizing I’d done so,

but by that point it was

already gone. It didn’t

get swept up in the trash.

It wasn’t brought to the

lost-and-found bin. It was

taken. Never saw it again.

I bring up these stories

to illustrate two points.

First: Theft is often a

“crime of opportunity,”

as they like to say. Most

thieves are going to take

the easy pickings. Why

risk the noise of a breakin,

why add a charge of

criminal damage to property

to the proceedings

when some people simply

leave things there for the

taking?

No one needed to break

into cars on our block.

They weren’t going to hit

all of them anyhow, so

they focused on grabbing

things of value they

spotted, pulling on door

handles and taking the

paths of least resistance.

No one had to jump me

for my sweatshirt. No one

had to pry open my locker.

Someone took it simply

because it was there.

Second: It really doesn’t

matter where you live,

who your neighbors are

or where the thieves are

from. Theft can take place

anywhere, especially

when you make it easy.

Orland Park Police

have for some time now

waged an information

campaign to get residents

in tune with that message.

They’ve sent press

releases. They’ve worked

the “#9pmroutine” heavily

into their social media rotation.

They make arrests

and then remind people

how these crimes could

have been prevented in the

first place.

And yet, nearly every

week I see Orland Park

police reports highlighting

vehicular burglaries

and the word “unlocked”

is a regular occurrence.

Neighboring Mokena saw

nearly 100 residents show

up to its Village Board

meeting last week to ask

what is being done to

combat a perceived rise in

crime, including break-ins

and thefts. And a Facebook

page dedicated to

Orland Hills Community

Watch has seen recent

videos of theft and an

increased concern from

local residents.

People have a right to

be angry about anyone

taking their things. People

have a right to ask questions

and make demands

of their Villages and police

departments when it

comes to combating these

thieves. No one deserves

to be a victim.

That said, people could

be a lot smarter about

reducing their risk.

Show of hands: Whose

parents love to brag about

how when they grew up

they never locked their

doors? Great. Who cares?

Who feels like maybe

their neighborhood isn’t

quite the same as it used

to be? Or this shouldn’t be

happening here? Or they

can remember when — It

doesn’t matter. Put your

hands back down.

Because whether all of

those things are true or

perceptions we have or

nostalgia for a different

era, the reality is that it

takes mere seconds to lock

things up. It takes maybe

a few more to bring the

laptop inside the house, or

not leave a wallet on the

seat.

Poetry in OP

Of course it’s not foolproof.

You could do all of

the right things and still

find yourself a victim.

But the reality is that

whether you think you’re

in a “good” neighborhood

or a “bad” one,

whether you see yourself

as surrounded by transient

criminals or people

you consider to be good

Catholics, you can be

a victim all the same.

Especially when you only

lock the car doors after the

purse has been stolen.

So, for God’s sakes,

lock your doors.

‘Forgettable February’

Lin Peterson

Orland Park resident

Ah, February! Said no

one.

Sad, short, little February

The month everyone

forgets.

What’s the date today?

January? No, wait ...

March? ... no ...

If your birthday falls in

February

People forget it. Not you,

just the month.

If its cold, we think its

January.

If it’s warm, we think its

March.

February is a prelude to

unpredictable March.

Its a good thing February

is short.

Just 28 days to forget,

29 days this year.

And if your birthday is the

29th,

Forgotten three years out

of four.

But February has its

purpose.

It gives us time to prepare,

To shake the snow off our

boots

To peruse seed catalogs.

To watch patches of

ground reappear

I’d say “don’t forget

February”

But you will anyway.

You’ll spend it monitoring

the weather,

Fighting cabin fever.

Planning what you’ll put

in your garden.

That’s the point; we need

a nothing month.

A month to recuperate,

regroup and hope,

To long for green grass

and budding trees,

To watch defiant crocuses

bloom in the snow.

To survive the winter once

more.


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make Valentine’s Day extra special, Page 19

Orland Park Public Library’s

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Dr. Robert Lawler to speak at Our Lady of Woods

Latest Knowledge

and Prayer Series

event slated for

Feb. 20

Submitted by Multi-Parish

Respect Life Ministries

Dr. Robert C. Lawler —

an advocate for the unborn,

lecturer, speaker and radio

contributor — will address

the many challenges

facing Catholic/Christian

physicians and health care

workers with new Illinois

legislation.

He also will discuss the

many broader issues of

being pro-life in today’s

world and living in accordance

with Pope Saint

Paul VI’s great encyclical

“Humanae Vitae.”

Lawler maintains an Ob/

GYN practice in Downers

Grove. He is a fellow of the

American College of

Obstetrics and Gynecology

and is an active member of

the American Association

of Pro-life Obstetricians

and Gynecologists. He is

a member of the Catholic

Medical Association and

the Catholic Physicians

Guild and the Knights of

Malta. He is a regular contributor

to Relevant Radio.

Lawler will speak as

part of the Knowledge

and Prayer Series at 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 20, at Our

Lady of the Woods, 10731

W. 131st St. in Orland Park.

The event is sponsored

by the Multi-Parish Respect

Life Ministries of

Our Lady of the Woods,

St. Francis of Assisi, St.

Bernard, Our Mother of

Good Counsel, St. Michael

and Annunciation Byzantine

Catholic parishes.

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Mardi Gras-themed event

Submitted by St. Michael

Pro-Life Ministry

St. Michael Pro-Life

Ministry is sponsoring a

Mardi Gras event to benefit

Aid for Women.

This organization runs

pregnancy care centers

and residential homes to

help women in crisis pregnancies.

The Mardi Gras dinner

and dance is to be held

Friday, Feb. 21, at Orland

Chateau.

The tickets are $50 and

include dinner, an hour

open bar, and music by

Afterglow, featuring local

talents Gene Infelise and

Francesca. Tickets will be

sold on weekends in the

Narthex and in the office

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FAITH BRIEFS

St. Michael Church (14327 Highland

Ave., Orland Park)

Shawl Ministry

9-10:30 a.m. second

and fourth Tuesdays of the

month. The group crochets

and knits hats, shawls,

scarves for adults and children,

and donates those to

neighbors, friends, cancer

units, hospice, the food

pantry and neonatal units.

The group also meets six

times a year in the evening.

For more information,

contact Donna at

(708) 403-2122.

St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church

(9300 W. 167th St., Orland Hills)

Songs from the Heart

Concert and Sweetheart

Fundraiser Gala

3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9.

The concert will last approximately

1 hour and

the Sweetheart Fundraiser

Gala will follow afterward,

with raffle prizes

and “sweet” refreshments.

Admission free. A goodwill

offering will be accepted

during the concert.

The choir is self-supporting

and this event helps to

pay for the various materials

and musicians used

throughout the year.

Christ Lutheran Church (14700 S. 94th

Ave., Orland Park)

Services

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

9:30 and 11 a.m. Sundays.

Sunday School and Bible

study during the 9:30 a.m.

service.

Presbyterian Church in Orland Park

(13401 S. Wolf Road, Orland Park)

Sunday Service

10 a.m.

Church of the Transfiguration Episcopal

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

Sunday Services

8 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Childcare provided.

Southwest Seventh Day Adventist

Church (15760 Wolf Road, Orland

Park)

Worship

10 a.m. Saturday

Ashburn Baptist Church (153rd Street

and Wolf Road, Orland Park)

Services

11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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the orland park prairie | February 6, 2020 | 17

Library exhibit celebrates ‘History of Mario’

Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Reporter

From the debut of “Super

Mario Bros.” in 1985

to the release of “Super

Mario Odyssey” in 2017,

the Orland Park Public Library

examined the many

incarnations of one of Nintendo’s

most beloved characters

with its “History of

Mario” interactive exhibit.

Held on Friday, Jan.

31, and Saturday, Feb. 1,

this family-friendly event

allowed gamers to experience

some of Mario’s

greatest adventures from

the past four decades.

“Some of us, especially

my age, grew up with the

very first iterations of Mario,

and now our kids in a

lot of cases are playing the

latest iterations of Mario,”

explained Ian Lashbrook,

the library’s digital services

manager, during the

event’s opening night. “We

hope this can be a family

experience, and you can

have a little of that nostalgia.

The kids can play the

old games, and maybe the

adults can try out the new

games and see how it’s

changed over the years.”

During the “History of

Mario” exhibit, library

staff set up multiple gaming

systems for people to

play, and there was a viewing

area where attendees

could watch games unfold

while waiting for their

turns at the controller.

The event showcased

the character’s lasting

legacy. Despite facing

formidable enemy bosses

such as Bowser, Wario and

Gobblegut, Mario has persevered

from the days of

the original Nintendo Entertainment

System to the

Nintendo Switch.

“The graphics have

come a long way,” Lashbrook

said. “Before, the

controller was four directions

and A and B, and now

we have motion controls

and seven, eight buttons

on a controller. The games

evolve, but they keep a lot

of their history. One thing

about ‘Odyssey’ is it features

sections that have

the graphics of the original

game. I think that’s to grab

the adults with that nostalgia

factor. It’s a lot of fun.”

Orland Park resident

Celena DeYoung and her

sons, 5-year-old Luke and

3-year-old Josh, just happened

to be at the library

when they spotted the Mario-themed

exhibit.

“My friends like Mario,”

Luke DeYoung said

as he took in the sights.

Crestwood resident Matt

Lyons played Mario when

he was growing up, and

now his 4-year-old, Monty,

has connected with the

character.

“Recently, he’s really

gotten into Mario, so I’ve

been trying to show him

some of the other games,”

Matt Lyons said. “He really

likes ‘Mario Odyssey’

for the Switch now.”

Monty added, “Mario is

awesome.”

For “History of Mario,”

several departments of the

library came together to

make the interactive exhibit

as informative and

fun as possible.

“This exhibit and how

it’s all put together has

been a huge collaboration

of effort from a lot

of different departments

here at the library — the

youth department, IT and

our graphics department,

which helped to create

all the different posters to

tell you about the games,”

Lashbrook said. “It’s been

Monty Lyons, of

Crestwood, concentrates

on getting to the next

level.

a lot of fun working across

the departments to create

what we hope is a really

fun interactive space for

families to play.”

Lashbrook also hopes

“History of Mario” introduces

patrons to additional

services at the library, such

as “Super Smash Bros.”

tournaments, audio ebook

checkouts, circulation

Rokus and hot spots,

classes on cutting the cable

cord, reserving ebooks,

and even checking out one

of the library’s NES Classic

or SNES gaming systems

to play at home.

“Your print and your

physical items may be the

bread and butter of the library

for years and years,”

Lashbrook said. “These

are new areas where we’re

seeing our patrons excited

for more options, or to stay

home and get access to

something. It’s really important,

so we can fit into

their lives and make sure

they’re getting what they

want.”

Adrian (left) and Cayden Puente, of Orland Hills play “Super Mario Galaxy 2” on

Friday, Jan. 31, during Orland Park Public Library’s “History of Mario” interactive

exhibit. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

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Orland Park couple bids adieu to library after four decades of service

Kyle LaHucik

Freelance Reporter

Mary Ann Ahl’s fascination

with libraries stems from her days

as a child in Columbus, Ohio.

Her more-than-four-decade

dedication to the Orland Park

Public Library can be traced to

the childhood memories of she

and her friend, also named Mary

Ann, riding their bicycles to the

Columbus library to read their favorite

books. If it was not Nancy

Drew it was Five Little Peppers

or another series by which they

were enthralled at the time.

“As a child, I was a voracious

reader,” Ahl said.

She would go on to become an

operating nurse, but her love for

literature never abated.

Earlier this month, Ahl, 78,

and her husband, Tom, 82, retired

from their roles as board treasurer

and board president, respectively,

of the Friends of the Orland Park

Public Library, a nonprofit that

raises money for the Orland Park

institution.

Fifty-four years ago, the couple

moved to Orland Park. Mary Ann

would frequent the library in the

Purple Candle Building on 143rd

Street. The library was so tiny

that some records were stored in

a bathtub, Mary Ann said.

A few years later, a friend approached

her about a vacancy on

the Board of Library Trustees,

and thus began her long-held tenure

as a trustee.

In her 36 years in the role, Mary

Ann oversaw the ins and outs of

the library’s policy-making body,

which was more “folksy” in her

early days because the budget

was leaner, and there were fewer

technicalities and formal discussions

to be had.

Over time, though, Mary Ann

and her fellow trustees would be

in charge of securing a new location

for the library at 14760 Park

Lane, which was donated by the

Andrew Corporation and dedicated

on Nov. 14, 1976, according

to the library’s website. Seven

years later, the Andrew Corporation

made another donation and

“If I leave

anything behind

besides my family

and children,

it would be the

library.”

Mary Ann Ahl — recently

retired Friend of the Orland

Park Public Library

increased the library’s footprint

from 7,000 square-feet to 18,500

square-feet.

Then, in the early 2000s, the

trustees would preside over the

next iteration of the library: an

award-winning 93,000-squarefoot

building designed by architecture

firm Lohan Anderson. The

2002 referendum that called for

building the new facility on 149th

Street and Ravinia Avenue was a

high point in Mary Ann’s life, she

said.

The library’s opening day,

on Sept. 12, 2004, was another

monumental day for Mary Ann.

She recalls giving tours that day

and being taken aback by the

grandeur of the latest milestone

in the library’s history, which she

noted was built under budget and

on-time.

The longtime library advocate

said she chokes up driving

down Ravinia Avenue every time

she passes the building. Mary

Ann stores her library card in

her purse, where it can be found

among photographs of her family

at all times. And she is not shy

about showing people the card, so

they can see the beautiful building,

she said.

“If I leave anything behind besides

my family and children, it

would be the library,” Mary Ann

said.

Mary Ann was honored with

the Illinois Library Association

Trustee of the Year Award in

2009. After Mary Ann stepped

Pictured are Mary Ann (left) and Tom Ahl, who recently retired from Friends of the Orland Park Public

Library after decades of commitment to the institution.

Photos courtesy of the Orland Park Public Library

down from the Library Board in

February 2014 for health reasons,

she said it was hard to let go of the

library, given its strong presence

in her life for 40 years. Shortly after

she left the board, somebody

from the library approached her

about joining the Friends.

So she did. And she brought

along Tom, a civil engineer by

trade who considers himself more

of a “leisure reader.”

The couple helped implement

annual used book sales, the library’s

first Giving Tuesday campaign

last year and a new online

donation form during their tenure

with the Friends. In all, they

helped oversee more than $20,000

in contributions to the Friends,

which support programs like the

Summer Reading Challenge.

“Every endeavor they did was

a success,” Assistant Library Director

Mary Adamowski said.

“They had the heart of the library

close to them.”

The couple, who will celebrate

56 years of marriage in October,

decided to retire from the

Friends this month because they

said there is a time to end every

chapter in life, even though “it’s

painful to leave,” Mary Ann said.

With the library undergoing

renovations and entering its next

cycle, younger residents ought

to step in and take charge, Tom

said. The couple emphasized the

importance of giving back to the

community.

“We’re getting older, and doing

simpler things takes longer,”

Mary Ann said.

The couple said they will still

help the Friends in their endeavors

but plan to spend more time

at home.

Books will always be a part

of their lives, though. Mary Ann

gives a gift basket of books at

every baby shower she attends.

“The Little Engine that Could”

and “Goodnight Moon” usually

can be found tucked among parenting

books, she said.

The couple said the volunteers

on the Friends board who came

before them did a great job, especially

with their work early last

decade in officially making the

organization a nonprofit.

But the impact the Ahls had on

the library surely will not be forgotten.

“I have known Mary Ann Ahl

since 1996 and have been awed

by her strong advocacy for reading

and libraries,” Library Director

Mary Weimar said. “Any

chance Mary Ann has, she is promoting

the Orland Park Public

Library, because she truly loves

our library.

“Together, their knowledge

of the community and library

became an asset as the Friends’

board planned book sales and

managed the Recycled Reads

program. Tom and Mary Ann’s

volunteerism spirit is awe-inspiring.”

Their spirit exudes warmth,

too.

“Something you should know

about the Ahls is that they are hilarious,”

Communications Manager

Jackie Boyd said. “They are

really fun to be around.

“We wish them the best in their

retirement.”

Although the Ahls will not be

at the library as much going forward,

their legacy and the programs

they helped institute will

still be in place. And maybe children,

like the young Mary Ann,

will ride their bicycles to the library

to read Nancy Drew.


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the orland park prairie | February 6, 2020 | 19

Quick Bites

Last-minute love: 6 Valentine’s Day ideas for dawdling duos

Bill Jones, Editor

They say that food is the

quickest way to someone’s

heart. And at this point,

quick is imperative.

But tastes of the heart

vary — even among the

procrastinators.

Thankfully, local businesses

have variety to

spare when it comes to

making Valentine’s Day

food connections. So

whether your husband

just wants a pizza or your

girlfriend is looking for a

unique box of chocolates,

whether the two of you

want to make a meal together

or what you really

have a taste for is laughter,

whether you prefer a classic

combination or want a

five-star four-course dinner,

these spots have you

covered.

Something for every

palate

Public Landing, 200 W. 8th

St. in Lockport

Very few restaurants

can offer a special menu

for the most romantic day

of the year with the elegance

of Lockport’s Public

Landing, which has a fourcourse

meal for couples

available after 4 p.m. Feb.

14 and 15.

“We strive to offer our

guests a quality dining experience,”

said Anita Donnelly,

restaurant manager.

“We have such a unique

and romantic atmosphere,

accompanied by the attentive

service and quality

menu items.”

The Valentine’s Day

experience begins with an

option of a panko-crusted

seafood cake with crab,

whitefish and shrimp over

arugula ratatouille, or

bruschetta with roasted

vegetables and a balsamic

reduction. The second

course offers a flavorful

lobster bisque or fresh

field green salad, followed

by a third course with a

butternut squash chorizostuffed

pork chop topped

with a goat cheese cherry

cream reduction, beef

Wellington, and lemongrass

poached halibut with

sweet potatoes.

For the final course, diners

can choose between

berries and cream, or a

salted pretzel caramel

brownie.

The entire meal is for

$76 per couple.

Reporting by Abhinanda

Datta, Contributing Editor

A generous serving of

laughter

CD&ME, 23320 S. La-

Grange Road in Frankfort

This Valentine’s Day,

southwest suburban diners

are invited to enjoy an

evening filled with hearty

Italian food — and even

heartier laughs.

CD&ME’s Valentine’s

Day show on Friday, Feb.

14, is to feature performances

from two Chicago

comedians — Sonya

White and Brian Hicks —

and a buffet dinner from

Scrementi’s.

The dinner includes

chicken Romano, beef

tenderloin with peppercorn

sauce, pasta tortellini

with creamy marinara,

green beans with olive oil,

roasted red potatoes, and

an Italian tossed salad.

“The quality of the food

is why we always choose

them,” said Catherine

Storbeck, CD&ME wedding

planner and event

coordinator, of the Stegerbased

catering company.

“They’re excellent.”

Fabulously Sweet Creations in Mokena has crafted

edible, heart-shape boxes to go with its truffle

offerings for Valentine’s Day 2020.

T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media

Tickets for the event,

open to adults 21 and

older, cost $48 and

can be purchased online

at ticketmaster.

com/sonya-white/event/

04005766334554DB.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and

the show is scheduled to

begin at 8 p.m.

Nuria Mathog, Contributing

Editor

Save the planet, one

sweet bite at a time

Fabulously Sweet Creations,

19070 Everett Blvd. Suite

112, in Mokena

Getting or giving a box

of sweet treats for one’s

sweet on Valentine’s Day

is almost obligatory these

days. But, what does one

do with the box once the

sweets are gone? Throwing

it out seems bad for

the environment. Saving it

might make one appear to

be a hoarder.

Fabulously Sweet Creations

has solved this dilemma

by introducing truffles

that come in an edible

heart-shaped box.

The top of the box

comes in a blue, raspberryflavored

chocolate, while

the bottom of the box is

milk chocolate. Or, for

those who want the latest

in chocolate flavors, a new,

all ruby-red chocolate box.

“It’s not white chocolate,

it’s not milk chocolate,

it’s not dark chocolate;

it’s a chocolate of its

own,” said LaVerne Relford-Hall,

owner of Fabulously

Sweet Creations.

“It’s more of a fruity flavor.

... This is a cocoa bean

of its own.”

Each box can be made

different sizes to be filled

with varying quantities of

truffles.

Reporting by T.J. Kremer III,

Contributing Editor

Those who cook together

eat together

Frankie’s Ristorante, 9501 W.

171st St. in Tinley Park

In an effort to create

a more memorable experience

for love birds,

Frankie’s Ristorante has

organized its first Valentine-themed

couples cooking

class to be held 7-9

p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12.

“I feel like, as we get

older, everyone’s always

trying to [do] something

that’s more memorable,”

said Angela Santoro-Castelli,

Frankie’s general

manager and event coordinator.

Santoro-Castelli noted

things such as cooking

and painting classes are

becoming popular, compared

to simply going to

dinner. So, for $90 a person,

Frankie’s is offering

a demonstration by

Executive Chef Gaetano

Calandrini, a three-course

meal, one cocktail, two

glasses of wine, tax and

gratuity.

The main course is to

feature heart-shaped ravioli

with Frankie’s creamy

Parmesan sauce. It is to be

stuffed with filet mignon.

Reservations are still

being accepted until Saturday,

Feb. 8, and can be

made by calling (708) 226-

6996.

Reporting by Jacquelyn

Schlabach, Contributing

Editor

Get saucy with a heartshaped

pizza

Chesdan’s Pizzeria & Grille,

15764 S. Bell Road in Homer

Glen

For Chesdan’s Pizzeria

& Grille, Valentine’s Day

tradition comes in the form

of a heart-shaped pizza.

According to owner Dan

Garr, Chesdan’s has been

creating the heartfelt pies

for Feb. 14 for approximately

30 years, dating

back to the Archer Avenue

location. And staff sees

people come in annually

for the special pizza.

“On Valentine’s Day,

just about every pizza we

make is heart-shaped,”

Garr said. “What makes

it popular is it’s great for

families — something they

can do at a real reasonable

cost.”

The heart-shaped

pizza is available in 10-

inch ($10.40) or 14-inch

(18.50) offerings. There is

an extra cost for additional

ingredients.

In 2020, the heartshaped

pizzas will be

available on Valentine’s

Day — Friday, Feb. 14 —

as well as Feb. 12 and 13.

Garr also offers an included

dessert for diners

who purchase the heartshaped

pizza, though there

is a limited supply of the

desserts.

Reservations are encouraged

for those interested

in stopping in for a

heart-shaped pizza, especially

on Valentine’s Day.

To make a reservation, call

(708) 301-8300.

Reporting by Thomas Czaja,

Senior Editor

Surf’s (and turf’s) up for

three days

Tom Kelly’s Chophouse and

Pub, 495 Degroate Road in

New Lenox

Starting Thursday, Feb.

13, Tom Kelly’s is offering

a surf and turf special

through Saturday, Feb.

15. Customers will have

the choice of one or two

4-ounce filet medallions,

which will be paired the

diner’s choice of coconut

shrimp, sauteed shrimp or

scallops.

The dinner special is not

specifically geared toward

those on Valentine’s Day

dates and can be enjoyed

by anyone. It is to be sold

at market price.

For reservations, call

(815) 462-8420.

Reporting by Sean Hastings,

Contributing Editor


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Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur

Across

1. Lincoln-Way Central

senior who performed

in Ballet 5:8’s performance

of the “Beyond

the Nutcracker,” Sophia

____

7. Unhappy

10. Experimental area

13. Apartment window

sign

14. Trademarks, abbr.

15. Unlikely to bite

16. Demonstrate clearly

17. Contents of some

barrels

18. Med. care providers

19. Rigatoni or spaghetti

20. Telephone trio

21. Elephant ___, carnival

treat

22. Weaklings

26. Cigarette pack listing

29. “Butterfly” star

Zadora

30. Pretentious

33. NATO member:

Abbr.

35. Tension removing

joke

39. “Comin’ ___ the

Rye”

40. 401(k) alternative

41. Decree __

42. Artistic creation

46. Bond opponent

47. Sarcasm

48. Word after golf or

grab

50. Youngster

51. Lincoln-Way East

basketball player, Morgan

____

54. Amorous skunk

57. Fool

58. They often go undercover,

var.

63. Portable music

device

64. Record company

65. Tintoretto’s “The

Miracle of ___ Freeing

the Slave”

66. Metric measure, for

short

67. Poseidon’s domain

68. “Hopelessly devoted

to you” singer

69. Prefix with sphere

70. Common ID

71. Type of poet

Down

1. Rank

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Telescope sighting

3. Spring bloom

4. Ding

5. Set up tents

6. Address abbr.

7. Cousin of the

spoonbill

8. Off

9. High-speed Internet

inits.

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11. Ricky Martin

tune

12. Gershwin folkopera

role

15. Stephen King

title

20. Pleasantly calm

23. Roman numeral

24. Scull

25. ___payment

penalty

26. Cosmonaut,

Dennis

27. Throbs

28. Replay of a TV

show

31. Bypass

32. Like some questions

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36. Randy Johnson

stat.

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abbr.

38. Go wild

43. ___ Speedwagon,

rock group

44. West or east follower

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49. Smoothly

52. Breaks

53. Native of Tibet,

e.g.

54. Toll road

55. Big story

56. Game you can’t

play left-handed

59. Gulf VIP

60. “The Sounds of

India” musician, first

name

61. Malayan weapon

62. Three-player card

game

64. Before T

65. Costa del ___

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answers

How to play Sudoku

Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that

has been subdivided into nine smaller grids

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

column and box must contain each of the

numbers 1-9.

LEVEL: Medium

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to James A. Panozzo, $298,000

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60462-3874 - Charles F. Weber to

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• 16800 Lee St., Orland Park,

60467-8710 - Christopher F. Gary

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• 17108 Kerry Ave., Orland Park,

60467-8982 - Mona H. Oscai to

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Ann Arvesen, $245,000

• 10906 Scarlet Drive, Orland Park,

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Inc. to Robert A. Clifford, $420,000

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Park, 60462-4623 - Thomas G.

Wolst to Todd Goodin, $90,000

• 14340 Jefferson Ave. 3N, Orland

Park, 60462-2518 - Pnap Properties

LLC to Pierce Stefanik, $149,500

• 10835 Donna Lane 21, Orland

Park, 60467-9304 - Chicago Title

Land Trust Co Tr to Barbara R.

Palomo, $255,000

• 10840 W. 153rd St., Orland

Park, 60467-3016 - Chesney Trust

to Marek Stoch, Grace Stoch,

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFCOOK

COUNTY, ILLINOIS

COUNTY DEPARTMENT -CHAN-

CERY DIVISION

MTGLQ INVESTORS, LP

Plaintiff,

-v.-

SAMI H. ABOUKHEIR, SUZZANE E.

ABOUKHEIR, BANK OF AMERICA,

N.A., PRESERVE AT MARLEY

CREEK CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIA-

TION

Defendants

18 CH 8378

11311 TWIN LAKES DR.

ORLAND PARK, IL 60467

NOTICE OF SALE

PUBLIC NOTICE ISHEREBY GIVEN

that pursuant to aJudgment ofForeclosure

and Sale entered in the above cause

on December 16, 2019, an agent for The

Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30

AM on March 17, 2020, at The Judicial

Sales Corporation, One South Wacker

Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at a

public sale to the highest bidder, as set

forth below, the following described

real estate:

Commonly known as 11311 TWIN

LAKES DR., ORLAND PARK, IL

60467

Property Index No. 27-31-409-031

The real estate is improved with asingle

family residence.

The judgment amount was $429,623.42.

Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid

by certified funds at the close of the sale

payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation.

No third party checks will beaccepted.

The balance, including the Judicial

Sale fee for the Abandoned Residential

Property Municipality Relief

Fund, which is calculated on residential

real estate atthe rate of $1 for each

$1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount

paid by the purchaser not to exceed

$300, in certified funds/or wire transfer,

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

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale.

The subject property is subject to general

real estate taxes, special assessments,

orspecial taxes levied against

said real estate and is offered for sale

without any representation as to quality

or quantity of title and without recourse

to Plaintiff and in “AS IS” condition.

The sale is further subject to confirmation

by the court.

Upon payment in full ofthe amount bid,

the purchaser will receive aCertificate

of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to

adeed to the real estate after confirmation

of the sale.

The property will NOT be open for inspection

and plaintiff makes no representation

astothe condition ofthe property.

Prospective bidders are admonished

to check the court file to verify all

information.

If this property isacondominium unit,

the purchaser ofthe unit atthe foreclosure

sale, other than amortgagee, shall

pay the assessments and the legal fees

required by The Condominium Property

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

If this property isacondominium unit

which is part of acommon interest community,

the purchaser ofthe unit atthe

foreclosure sale other than amortgagee

shall pay the assessments required by

The Condominium Property Act, 765

ILCS 605/18.5(g-1).

IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR

(HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE

RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION

FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF

AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN AC-

CORDANCE WITH SECTION

15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW.

You will need a photo identification issued

by a government agency (driver's

license, passport, etc.) in order togain

entry into our building and the foreclosure

sale room in Cook County and the

same identification for sales held at

other county venues where The Judicial

Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure

sales.

For information, LAW OFFICES OF

IRA T. NEVEL, LLC Plaintiff's Attorneys,

175 N. Franklin Street, Suite 201,

CHICAGO, IL, 60606 (312) 357-1125

Please refer calls tothe sales department.

Please refer to file number

18-02308.

THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORA-

TION

One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor,

Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312)

236-SALE

You can also visit The Judicial Sales

Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a7

day status report of pending sales.

LAW OFFICES OF IRA T. NEVEL,

LLC

175 N. Franklin Street, Suite 201

CHICAGO IL, 60606

312-357-1125

E-Mail: pleadings@nevellaw.com

Attorney File No. 18-02308

Attorney Code. 18837

Case Number: 18 CH 8378

TJSC#: 39-8135

NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection

Practices Act, you are advised

that Plaintiff’s attorney is deemed to be

adebt collector attempting tocollect a

debt and any information obtained will

be used for that purpose.

Case # 18 CH 8378

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFCOOK

COUNTY, ILLINOIS

COUNTY DEPARTMENT -CHAN-

CERY DIVISION

U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIA-

TION AS TRUSTEE

SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO WA-

CHOVIA BANK,

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS

TRUSTEE FOR BANC OF

AMERICA FUNDING CORPORA-

TION MORTGAGE PASS-

THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES

2005-4;

Plaintiff,

vs.

LOUIS CALDERON; YOLANDA

CALDERON; MB

FINANCIAL BANK, N.A., SUCCES-

SOR IN INTEREST

TO COLE TAYLOR BANK; CITY OF

CHICAGO, A

MUNICIPAL CORPORATION;

WINDHAVEN WEST

COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION;

Defendants,

19 CH 5239

NOTICE OF SALE

PUBLIC NOTICE ISHEREBY GIVEN

that pursuant to aJudgment ofForeclosure

and Sale entered in the above entitled

cause Intercounty Judicial Sales

Corporation will on Friday, February

28, 2020 at the hour of 11 a.m. in their

office at 120 West Madison Street, Suite

718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public

auction to the highest bidder for cash, as

set forth below, the following described

mortgaged real estate:

P.I.N. 27-03-214-018-0000.

Commonly known as 13508 South Tall

Grass aka 13508 Tallgrass Trail, Orland

Park, IL 60462.

The mortgaged real estate is improved

with asingle family residence. If the

subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of

acommon interest community, the purchaser

of the unit other than amortgagee

shall pay the assessments required

by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of

the condominium Property Act

Sale terms: 10% down by certified

funds, balance, by certified funds,

within 24 hours. Norefunds. The property

will NOT be open for inspection.

For information call Sales Department

at Plaintiff's Attorney, Manley Deas Kochalski,

LLC, One East Wacker Drive,

Chicago, Illinois 60601. (614)

220-5611. 19-014402 F2

INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES

CORPORATION

Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122

I3142995

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFCOOK

COUNTY, ILLINOIS

COUNTY DEPARTMENT -CHAN-

CERY DIVISION

U.S. BANK N.A., SUCCESSOR

TRUSTEE TO BANK OF

AMERICA, N.A. SUCCESSOR IN IN-

TEREST TO

LASALLE BANK N.A., ASTRUSTEE

ON BEHALF OF

THE HOLDERS OF THE WASHING-

TON MUTUAL MORTGAGE

PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES,

WMALT SERIES 2005-

10; Plaintiff,

vs.

JOSE T. VAYALIL AKA JOSE VAY-

ALIL; LUCY J.

VAYALIL, AKA LUCY VAYALIL;

FIRST MIDWEST BANK

F/K/A STANDARD BANK AND

TRUST COMPANY, AS

TRUSTEE UNDER THE PROVI-

SIONS OF A TRUST

AGREEMENT DATED THE 26TH

DAY OF JUNE, 2007

AND KNOWN ASTRUST NUMBER

19991; FIRST

MIDWEST BANK FKA STANDARD

BANK AND TRUST

COMPANY; UNKNOWN OWNERS

AND NON RECORD

CLAIMANTS; SPRING CREEK ES-

TATES PROPERTY

OWNER'S ASSOCIATION, INC.;

Defendants,

17 CH 7898

NOTICE OF SALE

PUBLIC NOTICE ISHEREBY GIVEN

that pursuant to aJudgment ofForeclosure

and Sale entered in the above entitled

cause Intercounty Judicial Sales

Corporation will onFriday, February

28, 2020 at the hour of 11 a.m. in their

office at 120 West Madison Street, Suite

718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public

auction tothe highest bidder for cash, as

set forth below, the following described

mortgaged real estate:

P.I.N. 27-18-204-005-0000.

Commonly known as 15232 Poplar

Creek Court, Orland Park, IL 60467.

The mortgaged real estate is improved

with asingle family residence. If the

subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of

acommon interest community, the purchaser

of the unit other than amortgagee

shall pay the assessments required

by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of

the Condominium Property Act.

Sale terms: 10% down by certified

funds, balance, by certified funds,


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2701 Property for

Sale

within 24 hours. Norefunds. The property

will NOT be open for inspection.

For information call Sales Department

at Plaintiff's Attorney, Manley Deas Kochalski,

LLC, One East Wacker Drive,

Chicago, Illinois 60601. (614)

220-5611. 17-018987 F2

INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES

CORPORATION

Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122

I3142999

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFCOOK

COUNTY, ILLINOIS

COUNTY DEPARTMENT -CHAN-

CERY DIVISION

NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC

D/B/A MR. COOPER

Plaintiff,

vs.

KATHRYN M. FARRELL, AKA

KATHRYN FARRELL;

MICHAEL S. FARRELL

Defendants,

18 CH 1582

NOTICE OF SALE

PUBLIC NOTICE ISHEREBY GIVEN

that pursuant to aJudgment ofForeclosure

and Sale entered in the above entitled

cause Intercounty Judicial Sales

Corporation will on Monday, March 2,

2020 at the hour of 11 a.m. in their office

at 120 West Madison Street, Suite

718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public

auction to the highest bidder for cash, as

set forth below, the following described

mortgaged real estate:

P.I.N. 28-22-319-012-0000.

Commonly known as 16560

LOCKRIDGE AVENUE, OAK FOR-

EST, IL 60452.

The mortgaged real estate is improved

with asingle family residence. If the

subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of

acommon interest community, the purchaser

of the unit other than amortgagee

shall pay the assessments required

by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of

the Condominium Property Act.

Sale terms: 10% down by certified

funds, balance, by certified funds,

within 24 hours. Norefunds. The property

will NOT be open for inspection.

For information call Sales Department

at Plaintiff's Attorney, Manley Deas Kochalski,

LLC, One East Wacker Drive,

Chicago, Illinois 60601. (614)

220-5611. 18-028463 F2

INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES

CORPORATION

intercountyjudicialsales.com

I3143364

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFCOOK

COUNTY, ILLINOIS

COUNTY DEPARTMENT -CHAN-

CERY DIVISION

FEDERAL HOME LOAN MORT-

GAGE CORPORATION, AS

TRUSTEE FOR THE BENEFIT OF

THE FREDDIE MAC

SEASONED LOANS STRUCTURED

TRANSACTION TRUST

SERIES 2018-2;

Plaintiff,

vs.

DANIEL S. CARTER; STATE OF IL-

LINOIS; COMENITY

BANK;

Defendants,

19 CH 8110

NOTICE OF SALE

PUBLIC NOTICE ISHEREBY GIVEN

that pursuant to aJudgment ofForeclosure

and Sale entered in the above entitled

cause Intercounty Judicial Sales

Corporation will on Monday, March 9,

2020 at the hour of 11 a.m. in their office

at 120 West Madison Street, Suite

718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public

auction to the highest bidder for cash, as

set forth below, the following described

2701 Property for

Sale

mortgaged real estate:

P.I.N. 28-08-409-027-0000.

Commonly known as 5753 VINE

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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

10 Questions

with Joe Zellinger

Joe Zellinger is a sophomore bowler at

Sandburg who made All-Conference in

January and finished fourth in regional

action.

How did you get involved in

bowling?

I started bowling with my brother and

cousin when I was really young.

Do you have college plans and do

they involved bowling?

Yes and no, I want to go into psychology,

but I am pushing to keep bowling in

college.

Is there a sport you are really bad

at?

I am really bad at basketball, I never

could get into it and I don’t find it fun.

What is your proudest moment in

athletics?

My proudest moment is when I shot my

perfect game during a conference match

on Dec. 16. I don’t think anything could

beat that moment.

Are there any embarrassing

moments you had in sports?

I just got my new ball and I didn’t have

it drilled correctly, and when I went to

throw it, it stuck to my thumb and I threw

it into the air.

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pump-up song?

I always listen to a song called “Off the

Ground” by Bit Funk.

Do you have a hero, or someone

you look up to?

I look up to my brother, Tyler. He always

inspires me to do the best I can be

and when I do well he makes sure I know

he is proud of me.

Is there a movie you could watch

over and over without getting

bored with it?

I have watched the “Star Wars” movies

so many times. I love them so much

mostly because I watched them with my

family.

If they made a movie about your

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Ryan Reynolds for sure. He is my

all-time favorite actor and I feel like he

would fit my personality very well

What would that movie be called?

“Pursuit of Happiness” because all my

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and keeping others happy and smiling.

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Eagles girls sports team are soaring high

Dancers take 21st,

cheerleaders win

sectional and girls

hoops eye 20 wins

JEFF VORVA, Sports Editor

Sandburg’s competitive

dance team just left the

building on Friday, Jan.

31.

Sandburg’s cheerleaders

will enter the building

on Friday, Feb. 7.

Grossinger Motors Arena

in Bloomington hosted

the Illinois High School

Association state finals in

competitive dancing and

Sandburg finished 21st

with an 82.76. The Eagles

did not advance to the second

day of action. Stevenson

won the event with an

eye-popping 99.24.

The Eagles have made

it to state in all eight years

of the event.

They barely made it this

year as they finished sixth

in the Class 3A Geneva

Sectional to grab the final

spot.

“We knew it would be

a very tough sectional,”

Sandburg coach Jill Roberson

said. “So we made

it and wanted to have

our best routine at state.

That’s what they did and

that’s all we could ask

for.”

Athletes on the roster

are Alexis Aurelio, Kara

Curtin, Chloe Dittmer,

Kate Ferguson, Maggie

Jones, Alyssa Latorre,

Camden McElligott,

Courtney Michaelsen,

Christina Randolph, Charlotte

Reynolds, Nicole

Rooks, Katherine Scuderi,

Shariden Sobkowiak and

Keelyn Sriver.

In Class 1A, Providence

Sandburg’s dance team performs at the IHSA state

competition on Friday, Jan. 31.

JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

Sandburg’s cheerleading team poses outside of Joliet

Central High School after winning the ninth sectional in

program history. PHOTO SUBMITTED

Catholic finished 11th.

Orland Park’s Colleen

Lappin and Kathryn Hamilton

were on that squad.

Marist, which featured

Orland Park’s Caroline

Callaghan, placed 27th in

Class 2A.

The Sandburg cheerleading

squad invades

the facility this weekend

with a full head of steam

after capturing the large

team division of the Joliet

Central Sectional with

a 92.43. It’s the Eagles’

ninth sectional title in

team history.

Athletes on coach

Mike Bruce’s roster are

Alyssa Benard, Hannah

Ford, Breanna Gasparas,

Stephanie Gaspardo, Gabriella

Gianakas, Olivia

Gomez, Alexandra Henninger,

Amy Johnson,

Kylie Kehlert, Carrington

Landers, Jessica Lawler,

Meghan McCurdy, Lily

Nevin, Anna Piacente,

4

Madalyn Riebel, Caroline

Schmidt, Anna Senese,

Sara Senese, Elisa Shaheen,

Ava Stroobosscher,

Nicole Tatar and Victoria

Vargas.

The Eagles qualified

in all 15 state meets that

the IHSA has sanctioned.

Sandburg won the first

meet in 2006 and also

won state titles in 2009

and 2012. The program

also finished third in 2008,

2010 and 2017.

Eagles shooting for 20

After splitting a pair

of games with Yorkville

and Lockport, Sandburg’s

girls basketball team entered

this week’s action

with a 17-8 mark.

The Eagles have four

regular-season games

and at least one postseason

game on the schedule

to try to win three more

games to hit the 20 mark.

All four regular-season

games are at home.

However, two of those

games are against Homewood-Flossmoor

and

Bolingbrook, who beat

the Eagles earlier in the

season. One is against

Lincoln-Way East, whom

the Eagles beat 52-45 in

the first meeting. The final

regular-season game is a

non-conference contest

with Thornton Fractional

South, which entered this

week with an 8-17 mark.

The Eagles hope to get a

desirable seed in regional

action and maybe win a

game or two in the postseason.

Sandburg beat Yorkville,

47-30, on Jan. 28

as Grace Badon led the

team with 15 points. Two

days later, they dropped a

51-27 game to Lockport.

GIRLS GYMNASTICS

Andrew co-op team may get

a fifth shot at Lincoln-Way

JEFF VORVA, Sports Editor

The Andrew co-op gymnastics

team, which also

features athletes from

Sandburg and Stagg, has

faced Lincoln-Way’s powerful

co-op team four times

this year and has come up

short all four times - twice

by less than one point.

The latest setback came

in the SouthWest Suburban

Conference meet on

Jan. 29 when Lincoln-Way

came out on top 143.300-

138.500 as the two teams

finished first and second

in the three-team meet.

Lincoln-Way has finished

sixth, seventh and eighth

in the state in the past three

years.

The two teams could

face each other a fifth

time in sectional action on

Tuesday, Feb. 11.

“It’s a good rivalry,” Andrew

coach Allison Hack

said. “It’s good to see them

and it’s nice to see where

we’re at. The last two

meets, we were 2/10ths of

a points away from them.

We were on their heels.”

Taylor Talley was the

SCWC all-around winner

for the second year in a

row as she posted 36.750,

barely beating Lincoln-

Way’s Korina Jarosz and

Grace Kmak, who each

scored 36.550. Talley tied

for first in the vault (9.350)

and was an outright champion

in the uneven bars

(9.275 and floor exercise

(9.525).

“The Lincoln-Way

girls are friends and we

practice together over the

summer,” Talley said. “It

doesn’t get old to face

them because we have a

2

Andrew co-op’s

Taylor Tally, a senior

at Sandburg, won

her second straight

conference title on

Jan. 29. JEFF VORVA/22ND

CENTURY MEDIA

nice relationship. We like

seeing them.”

The T-Bolts’ Bella Lapera

finished fourth in allaround

with a 34.400 and

Maddie Giglio was fifth

with a 33.700.

The team opens regional

competition at Hinsdale

South on Thursday, Feb. 6.

The Bolts have passed the

140-point mark this season

and hope to return to that

type of score in the postseason.

“They just need to hit

their routines they know

they can hit,” Hack said.

“If we can do that, we’ll be

knocking on the door.”

Andrew’s JV team won

the conference title with

Becca Crnich winning the

all-around with a 31.875.


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BOYS BASKETBALL

5

Sandburg wins two and will send at least two to college

Andrew basketball and football player Noah O’Connor

won the January Athlete of the Month competition for

publisher Century 22nd Century Media’s Southwest

Chicago branch. 22ND CENTURY MEDIA FILE PHOTO

ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Andrew basketball/football

star wins January honor

JEFF VORVA, Sports Editor

Senior Andrew football

and basketball standout

Noah O’Connor took flight

lessons and flew a plane.

He has been flying high

during his athletic career

at the Tinley Park school

ever since.

O’Connor was voted

as the winner of the 22nd

Century Media’s Southwest

Chicago Athlete of

the Month contest for January.

It is the second time in

the past three months an

Andrew athlete earned the

honor. Volleyball player

Abby Kiaupa won in November.

The Athlete of the

Month competition pits

featured Athlete of the

Week selections from our

south suburban newspapers

against one another in

an online voting contest.

The next contest is to

begin Feb. 10.

To vote, visit OPPrai

rieDaily.com, hover over

the “Sports” menu tab

and click “Athlete of the

Month.” Readers can vote

once per session per valid

email address. Voting ends

at 5 p.m. Feb. 25.

All athletes featured in

the January Athlete of the

Week sports interviews are

automatically entered into

the contest.

MATT CIZEK

Freelance Reporter

Two Sandburg players,

including one who has

been injured this season,

have found college homes

in recent weeks.

Zach Kusper, a 5-foot-

8 senior guard, and Jack

Walsh, an injured 6-foot-

9 senior center, recently

committed to Chicago-area

NCAA Division III colleges.

Kusper is heading to

North Central College and

Walsh is heading to Elmhurst

College.

“Basketball has been everything

I’ve been about

for as long as I can remember,”

Kusper said. “I really

enjoyed [Sandburg alum

and North Central assistant]

coach Vince Kmiec.

I’m really looking forward

to the competition level.

Day in and day out, they’re

playing really hard teams.”

Kusper and Walsh could

end up facing each other

in the coming years. Elmhurst

and NCC are in the

College Conference of Illinois

and Wisconsin.

Although he has not

been able to play this season,

Walsh picked up some

college looks in the summer

as a member of the

Chicago LockDown.

“[Elmhurst has] my major

[Sports Management].

I look forward to getting

back and being able to

play. I miss being with my

teammates,” he said.

Joliet joy

Sandburg sandwiched a

tight 54-49 loss on the road

to Homewood-Flossmoor

on Friday, Jan. 31 with a

58-44 home win over Joliet

Catholic Academy on Jan.

28 and a 53-42 triumph

over Joliet Central on Saturday,

Feb. 1 at the Lincoln-Way

West Shootout.

Jack Walsh has been injured his senior season, but

the Sandburg center recently committed to Elmhurst

College. PHOTOS BY JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

Sandburg senior guard Zach Kusper committed to

North Central College.

In the early going of

the Joliet battle, the Hilltoppers

looked as though

they might be in for an offensive

showcase with 24

first-quarter points. It was

more than they would get

in the next three quarters

combined as the Eagles

tightened the defense.

“Joliet Catholic’s got

some kids who can shoot

it, so they made some 3’s,”

Eagles coach Todd Allen

said. “We weren’t really

crisp with our assignments

[early on], but after that I

thought the kids did a really

good job.”

H-F (18-2 overall, 3-0 in

the SouthWest Suburban

Conference Blue) came

into the game ranked sixth

in the Associated Press

Class 4A poll and the Eagles

(11-11, 0-2) gave the

Vikings a battle.

“I’m really proud of

the kids,” Allen said. “We

said ‘Hey, we’re playing

a really good game on

their court, we just want a

chance to win it in the final

minutes.’”

Sandburg was able to do

just that, having a chance

to tie in their final possession.

However, a 3-point

shot fell short.

Defensive improvement

Following a 27-4 run

by the Vikings, the Eagles

outscored the Vikings 39-

27 from the middle of the

second quarter until the

game’s end, forcing six

turnovers in the second

half.

“This is probably one

of the best shooting teams

they’ve had in a long

time,” Allen said. “They’re

tough to defend…battling

back, [our players] did a

great job.”

Atharva Atreya scored

18 points in both the Joliet

Catholic and H-F games.

“Our goal was to shorten

the game up a bit,” Allen

said. “We wanted [to make

it] a little lower possession

[game].”

The strategy worked

well early on, as the

Eagles took an early 6-0

lead despite not taking

their first shot until nearly

two minutes into the

game.

Kusper also chimed in

with 12 points against the

Vikings – all coming on

3-point baskets in the second

half.

In the Joliet Central victory,

Atreya had 12 points,

while Kusper and Jordan

Phillips each had 11.

Kobe’s death felt by

Eagles

Basketball fans felt a

surreal week unlike any

other in recent memory

following the tragic death

of Kobe Bryant and eight

others on Jan. 26.

The Eagles players felt it

as well.

“Since [the players]

were not in the Michael

Jordan era, Kobe was kind

of their guy,” Allen said.

“I think it impacted some

kids, but after a couple

days we were able to move

on.”

What’s up next?

The Eagles were scheduled

to visit Bolingbrook

on Tuesday, Feb. 4. They

are slated to return to Orland

Park to play Lincoln-

Way East at 6 p.m. Friday

Feb. 7.


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RANDY WHALEN

Freelance Reporter

Brittany Gardner remembers

her first foray

into the world of softball

pitching.

“I started playing softball

in second grade and

started pitching in fourth

grade in the OYA,” Gardner

said of her start in the

Orland Youth Association.

“I wasn’t very good at it.

“But my dad [Paul

Gardner] said, ‘No, you’re

tall; you can be a good

pitcher.’ So I started working

with Skip Ball, and he

turned me into the pitcher

that I became in college.”

The pitcher she became

in college had a Hall of

Fame career.

An All-State standout

pitcher at Sandburg,

Gardner graduated in

2010, went on to have an

amazing college career at

Loyola University. She

will be one of three individuals

inducted into the

Loyola University Chicago

Athletics Hall of Fame

on Feb. 15 and recognized

at halftime of the Ramblers’

men’s basketball

game versus University of

Northern Iowa at 7 p.m.

that evening.

“I’m very lucky, and it’s

this week in

SANDBURG VARSITY

ATHLETICS

BOYS BASKETBALL

■Feb. ■ 7 – hosts Lincoln-

Way East, 6 p.m.

WRESTLING

■Feb. ■ 8 – IHSA individual

regionals, TBA

GIRLS BASKETBALL

■Feb. ■ 6 – hosts

Bolingbrook, 6 p.m.

■Feb. ■ 11 – hosts Lincoln-

quite an honor,” Gardner

said. “I didn’t think I’d be

recognized this soon. I’m

grateful for my family and

my teammates. I wouldn’t

be here without them.”

The other two inductees

are Frank Busch (1969-

1973) in swimming/water

polo and Armando Favela

(2005-2009) in men’s

golf.

Gardner’s Hall of Fame

bio reads, “Arguably the

greatest pitcher ever to

wear the maroon and gold,

Gardner was a two-time

league Pitcher of the Year

honoree and was a twotime

National Fastpitch

Coaches Association All-

Region selection.

“The left-hander burst

onto the scene in 2011,

earning Horizon League

Newcomer of the Year

accolades to become the

first Rambler to capture

that honor since Ellen

Antonacci in 1995. A

three-time First Team All-

Horizon League pick and

a 2014 First Team All-

Missouri Valley Conference

selection, Gardner

was named MVC Pitcher

of the Year as a senior.

Off the field, she was an

accomplished student and

was a member of Loyola’s

Way East, 6 p.m.

■Feb. ■ 13 – hosts Thornton

Fractional South, 6 p.m.

GIRLS BOWLING

■Feb. ■ 8 - IHSA Regionals,

TBA

CHEERLEADING

■Feb. ■ 7-8 – IHSA State

meet, TBA

GIRLS GYMNASTICS (Co-op

team based at Andrew)

■Feb. ■ 10-13 - IHSA

sectionals, TBA

prestigious Maroon &

Gold Society in 2013-14.”

Some saw her potential

right away.

“When I got to Loyola,

I met with my coach,”

Gardner said of then-head

coach Missy Beseres.

“She told me I was going

to break all the school records.”

Gardner broke quite a

few and still holds a trio

of them: 67 victories, 753

strikeouts and 751 2/3 innings

pitched.

As the primary pitcher

at Sandburg from 2008-

2010, Gardner split time

as a senior but pitched

all the state tournament

games including a 2-1 win

over Fremd in the final, as

the Eagles captured their

only Class 4A softball

state championship. Sandburg

went 40-2 that year,

becoming one of just seven

teams in state history

that have won 40 games in

a season.

“Brittany Gardner had

[20] of our wins in 2010,

Lora Olson [18] and Jori

Born [2] had the other 20,”

Sandburg coach Jim Fabianski

said. “Brit pitched

in many of the games that

Lora pitched in, and vice

versa. For the beginning

part of the season, most

of our games were split by

the two of them. Moving

the pitching rubber back

to 43 feet, which happened

during Brit’s tenure

at Sandburg, actually enhanced

the movement on

her pitches, and she benefited

from the distance

change quite a bit.

“It was clear that when

preseason workouts began

for the 2010 season, Brit

had one goal in mind: to

leave her legacy as a state

champion. I am in awe of

her resilience and humility.

Brittany never made

the game about her. Her

postgame comments were

always about the great

performances of her teammates.

A couple of years

ago, she volunteered her

time to come in and work

with our pitchers.

“We were so grateful

and honored to have had

her teach our pitchers.

I am a better person for

having known her and her

parents, who were and are

so supportive of both their

daughter and our program.”

Gardner was quick to

point out her top influence.

“Coach Fabianski is my

favorite coach I ever had,”

Gardner said. “He made it

all about the team culture.

Every single person there

had a job and helped us

win.”

Gardner works at

UCAN Academy, a private

therapeutic day

school on the South Side

of Chicago for students

with emotional and behavioral

disorders.

“I love it,” Gardner

said of her job. “I told my

parents in fifth grade that

I wanted to be a social

worker. There is never a

dull moment and never

a dull day working with

those kids.”

She was the pitching

coach at Loyola University

in the 2017 and 2018

seasons. Now, she gives

pitching lessons at S2

Breakthrough in Orland

Park on Wednesdays.

“It’s a good balance,”

Gardner said. “I love social

work, but I really love

pitching. That’s why once

a week I still give pitching

lessons.”

After all, that is what

made her a Hall of Famer.

Former Sandburg pitching star Brittany Gardner is

heading to the Loyola Hall of Fame.

STEVE WOLTMANN/LOYOLA ATHLETICS


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fastbreak

THURSDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK

Eagles Hockey Club puts up impressive numbers off the ice

JEFF VORVA/

22nd century meida

1ST AND 3

SOME FACTS ABOUT

THE ANDREW CO-OP

GYMNASTICS TEAM

(ABOVE), WHICH

OPENS REGIONAL

ACTION ON THURSDAY,

FEB. 6

1. Heading to Darien

The T-Bolts, which

feature athletes

from Sandburg and

Stagg, are at the

Hinsdale South

Regional with the

hosts, Homewood-

Flossmoor and

Hinsdale Central

competing.

2. It was 20 years ago

The last time

the Bolts won a

regional title was

1999-2000.

3. State experience

Seniors Bella Lapera,

Taylor Talley

and Maddie Giglio

have been through

the postseason

wars and have

been to the state

meet.

Jeff Vorva

Sports Editor

Here are some numbers

that probably

will not impress

you.

The Eagles Hockey

Club, which is made up of

Sandburg students, had a

varsity record of 14-18-1

as of Jan. 12 and a junior

varsity record of 12-26-1

as of Jan. 28.

But the Eagles put up

some numbers this season

that should not only

impress you but also

should make you stand

up and clap your hands

hard enough to cause

calluses.

The first number is 650.

That’s how many

pounds of food these

guys collected at the end

of last year for the Orland

Township Food and Pet

Pantry. People — and

animals — down on their

luck got to feast thanks to

the Eagles. The previous

season, they collected

400 pounds of chow,

so they have already

surpassed 1,000 pounds.

With an even bigger haul

next year, they could hit

the one-ton mark. I can

hear the previously starving

dogs and cats belching

now.

Another number to

admire is 3,027. That’s

the amount of dollars

raised in a charity game

between the Eagles and

Chicago Blackhawks

Special Hockey Team,

featuring Orland Park’s

Colin Lewis, on Jan. 25

at the Arctic Ice Arena in

Orland Park.

Jeff Westphal, an Eagles

volunteer with a cool

first name who gets the

word on good deeds the

boys do, said that money

will help seven families

to attend the Disabled

Hockey Festival in March

in Pittsburgh.

So, it really doesn’t

matter as much what

the Eagles do on the ice

because, off the ice, these

players are way ahead of

the game.

Season coming to a close

The varsity Eagles’

regular season is coming

to a close as they play

Benet at the Willowbrook

Ice Arena at 2:50 p.m.

on Saturday, Feb. 8, and

Naperville Central at All

Seasons Ice Rinks in Naperville

the next day.

Members of this year’s

squad are Josh Ryan,

Alex Karnavas, Alex

Szczesniak, Benjamin

Westphal, Max Miklos,

Collin O’Boyle, Connor

Kozlowski, Tommy

Ward, Kyle Kwiecinski,

Members of the Eagles Hockey Club and Blackhawks Special Hockey Team get

together for a hug during a game on Jan. 25 at the Arctic Ice Arena. PHOTOS SUBMITTED

The Eagles Hockey Club and Blackhawks Special Hockey Team pose on Jan. 25.

Zach Slinkman, Luke Pellerino,

Matthew Guerra,

Bart Florczyk, Steven

Przbylski, Anthony Bestrick,

Gabriel Miskowicz,,

Benjamin Borgman,

Caleb Darovic, Luke

Maslowski and Colton

Pattee.

LISTEN UP

“When I got to Loyola, I met with my coach, [Missy Beseres].

She told me I was going to break all the school records.”

Brittany Gardner — Sandburg softball great going into the Loyola Hall of

Fame

WHAT2WATCH

COMPETITIVE CHEERLEADING

TBA, Friday, Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 8

• The IHSA State Meet takes place in

Bloomington

Index

37 - Basketball

35 - Athlete of the Week

Compiled by Sports Editor Jeff Vorva,

J.vorva@22ndcm.com


Orland Park’s Hometown Newspaper | February 6, 2020

READY FOR

REGIONAL Co-op

gymnastics team takes second

in conference but ready for

postseason, Page 36

DANCING AND

CHEERING

Sandburg dancers 21st in

state; cheerleaders qualify

for state, Page 36

Sandburg grad Brittany

Gardner ready to be

inducted into Loyola Hall

of Fame, Page 38

Orland Park’s

Brittany Gardner,

a pitcher during

Sandburg’s lone

state championship

season in 2010, is

to be inducted into

the Loyola Athletics

Hall of Fame on Feb.

15. JEFF VORVA/22ND

CENTURY MEDIA

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