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Wilmette students, parents learn to work

together at home, Page 4

Nolan and Bennett Dahm, of Wilmette, work on an art project while

remote learning from home last week in Wilmette. Photos submitted

LEFT: The VanderKamp family, of Wilmette, make the most of working

and schooling from home with themed-days.

Caring for the

community

Wilmette starts up caretaker

resource, Page 3

Good

start

New Trier talks

remote learning,

Page 10

First case

COVID-19 reported in Kenilworth, Page 11


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the wilmette beacon | March 26, 2020 | 3

Wilmette D39 Board of Education

Posted to WilmetteBeaconDaily.com 9 days ago

E-learning program officially approved; rolled out

Todd Marver

Freelance Reporter

Although school is

closed in Wilmette District

39 until further notice,

the School Boar held

its meeting on March 16

with everyone at least 6

feet apart per the CDC’s

social distancing guidelines.

Remote e-learning for

students began on March

16 and will continue until

further notice. Remote

e-learning will not take

place the week of March

23, due to spring break.

The board officially adopted

the e-learning program

at the meeting.

“This has been a huge

commitment of time and

effort,” Superintendent

Kari Cremascoli said. “I

am incredibly impressed

by the work that has been

accomplished in such a really

short amount of time

in unprecedented challenges.”

Board member Ellen

Sternweiler too was impressed

with the way the

district put together the

e-learning program in a

small amount of time.

“I was blown away by

the organization in such

short time,” she said. “It’s

incredible that you all

were able to pull this together.

I can’t wait to see

how it jells over time. If

you did this on the first

day, I’m just amazed, so

thank you so much.”

Board member Amy

Poehling was happy with

the level of work her children

were being assigned

to do on the first day of e-

learning on March 16.

“The work that my kids

were doing was really

meaningful,” she said. “It

was not busy work and it

was relevant to what they

had already been studying.

It was totally appropriate

to their grade

level.”

Board president Lisa

Schneider-Fabes also was

pleased with the content

in the e-learning.

“I did listen to the

Pledge of Allegiance,

which was touching, and

also the introduction and

explanation of the virus

and why children were

doing e-learning,” she

said. “All of it is very well

done.”

Board member Erin

Stone was pleased with

the positivity expressed

by district staff during

the start of e-learning

amidst the coronavirus

situation.

“My son and I queued

up the video last night to

see what he was supposed

to do,” he said. “I think

Mr. (Eric) Resis (eighth

grade assistant principal)

had a parting shot, ‘Have

fun’ at the end. What a

way to model what this

is going to be. They were

positive and upbeat.

That’s exactly what the

kids need.”

Board member Jon Cesaretti

felt that D39 is

ahead of the curve compared

to other districts

ROUND IT UP

A brief recap of School Board action from March 16

· The board approved the employment of Kathryn

Dominique as the Wilmette Junior High principal

effective July 1.

· The board approved a resolution providing for

the issue of not to exceed $11.6 million general

obligation limited tax school bonds.

· The board approved a two-year extension of the

student transportation contract with North Shore

Transit. There will be a 4 percent price increase

in fiscal year 2021 and 4.25 percent increase in

2022.

· The board approved the summer 2020 Highcrest

and health/life safety construction project bids in

the amount of $2,142,500.

when it comes to e-learning.

Board member Mark

Steen was impressed with

how the district sent some

of its youngest students

home with technology on

the last day of school on

March 12.

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When news broke on

March 12 that schools

would close and all extracurriculars

would cease

due to the coronavirus outbreak,

parents scrambled

to keep their kids’ lives

intact as much as possible

while adapting to remote

learning. After taking a

long weekend to wrap their

brains around their new

reality, students all over

Wilmette District 39 and

New Trier, hit the ground

running on the morning of

March 16.

School schedules began

at their normal morning

times but instead of gathering

on the playgrounds

and black tops, children

hovered over their screens

wondering how virtual

learning was actually going

to work.

With no choice but to

dive right in, many families

looked to establish a

new normal, while navigating

uncharted territory.

One of those parents,

Wilmette’s Tara

VanderKamp, mother of

Maya, 14, Tyler, 11 and

Annie, 5, focused on keeping

the joy alive in their

home by announcing a creative

theme each day. For

example, on day one, she

announced it was a “cozy

day” and everyone stayed

in their most comfortable

clothes, treated to mugs of

hot cocoa once the day’s

school work was done.

On St. Patrick’s Day,

their family dressed in

green and ate a traditional

breakfast of green eggs

and ham. Husband, Nate,

who is now working from

home as well, suggested a

Caroline Laczkowski, of Wilmette, learns to make

Challah bread while remote learning from home last

week. Photo submitted

sports-themed day and the

family all dressed to represent

a favorite team. Tara

Vanderkamp explained

how the focus on fun has

kept spirits up through

such an uncertain and

scary time.

“On the first day, our

youngest, Annie, burst into

our room in the morning to

remind us of the theme for

the day. In turn, my husband

and I were reminded

why we decided to do

theme days — because of

the little bit of excitement

it will offer our kids,”

she said. “I have to say,

our whole family is getting

into it so it also feels

like a very unifying, ‘go

Team VanderKamp’ kind

of thing that will help get

us through this time together.“

For Stacey Woehrle,

mother to New Trier student,

Nick, and Central

Elementary second-grade

student, Theo, e-learning

has been successful. Both

her boys report that the

virtual connection provides

a sense of normalcy

within the day.

“Nick says the e-learning

is a good way to maintain

the normal school

schedule and his rowing

coach offers virtual workout,

keeping the team

in shape and motivated.

Theo is really embracing

e-learning and his teachers

have been incredibly

supportive,” Woehrle said.

“He needs a little more

hands-on assistance from

us but overall, we are managing

our work schedules

with theirs. We encourage

outdoor play on our trampoline

and going for walks.

We are experimenting with

new recipes and trying our

best to make lemonade out

of lemons during such an

uncertain time.”

Moms like Kristen Dean

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Police Reports

Posted to WilmetteBeaconDaily.com 3 days ago

Thief places stolen items from resident’s

vehicle in neighbor’s garbage can

A resident in the 400

block of Poplar Drive reported

that during the overnight

hours of March 14 an

unknown offender(s) put

items that appeared stolen

from a neighbor’s vehicle

in their garbage can.

WILMETTE

March 19

• A resident in the 100

block of Maple Avenue

reported that earlier in the

night between 9:10-9:19

p.m. of March 18 they observed

a black male subject

wearing a hoodie allegedly

sitting in their vehicle. The

subject left the scene prior

to officer’s arrival. The

only thing missing from

the vehicle was change.

March 15

• A resident in the 200

block of Dupree Place

told police that between

4:30 p.m. March 13 and

1:10 p.m. March 14 an unknown

offender(s) entered

their unlocked vehicle

and rummaged through

it. Nothing was reported

missing.

• A second resident in the

200 block of Dupree Place

reported that between 4:30

p.m. March 13 and 1:10

p.m. March 14 an unknown

offender(s) entered

their unlocked vehicle

and rummaged through

it. Nothing was reported

missing.

KENILWORTH

March 20

• A resident reported to police

that there was fraudulent

bank activity using

the victim’s name between

March 13-19. No monetary

loss was reported at

the time of the report.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Wilmette

Beacon Police Reports

are compiled from official

reports found on file at the

Wilmette and Kenilworth police

headquarters. They are

ordered by the date the incident

was reported. Individuals

named in these reports

are considered innocent of all

charges until proven guilty in

a court of law.

Learning

From Page 4

and Tiffany Anderson are

seeing the extra time at

home to engage their children

in household chores,

while incorporating fun

and new experiences, too.

“For activities, we’ve

done the shamrock walk,

baked, drawn a 100-plus

pictures, hopscotch on our

front sidewalk, and enjoyed

outdoor music pouring

out of our neighbor’s

home — a CSO violinist

working from home,”

Dean said. “The kids also

vacuumed and washed the

cars on a nicer afternoon

last weekend.”

Anderson adds, “We

have engaged our young

boys, ages 4, 5 and 6,

more in everyday activities

and they have loved

it. Some examples have

included vacuuming the

couch and other various

cleaning activities since

we don’t have our cleaning

lady coming right now.

They’ve also helped with

cooking and folding laundry.

On a nicer day, we

prepared our raised garden

beds for spring plantings.”

Melissa Dahm, mother

of preschooler, Nolan, and

kindergartener, Bennett,

has tried to incorporate

various lessons into crafty

activities.

“While quarantined at

home, I tried to come up

with an activity that focuses

on several aspects

of learning. To incorporate

art, social studies

and gym class, we made

a spring craft kit and delivered

them on our bikes

and scooters to our friends

and neighbors mailboxes,”

Dahm said.

“It was also a great way

to stay connected to our

friends and to hopefully

bring a smile during this

stressful time. My kids had

a blast making and delivering

the kits and friends and

neighbors appreciated the

Posted to WilmetteBeaconDaily.com 3 days ago

Wilmette D39 extends

closure to at least April 13

Eric DeGrechie, Editor

Wilmette Public

Schools District 39 students

are not returning to

school anytime soon.

Superintendent Dr.

Kari Cremascoli announced

Thursday that

the district will extend

school closures through

Monday, April 13, in an

effort to slow the spread

of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Spring break for the

district begins Monday,

March 23, and will continue

through Tuesday,

March 31, when remote

eLearning resumes.

“We experienced a successful

week of remote

e-Learning due to your

partnership with our incredible

teachers in support

of our students,”

Cremascoli said in a letter

to parents.

Timeline

• Monday, March

23-Friday, March 27 —

Spring Break (no remote

e-Learning will occur).

• Monday, March 30 —

Schools will be closed.

Teacher work day in

preparation for additional

distraction.”

Beth Karnes, mom of

three, explained that the

quarantined time is being

used to teach her children

to break a bad habit.

“I am finding the extra

time at home with the

kids to be challenging

but filled with opportunities,”

Karnes said. “One

of the opportunities we are

working on is tackling a

‘Grumble-free Year.’ I recently

read the book, ‘The

Grumble-Free Year,’ by

remote e-Learning Days.

(No remote e-Learning

will occur).

• Tuesday, March

31-Thursday, April 9 —

remote e-Learning Days.

• Friday, April 10 —

No School/Non-Instructional

Day (No remote

e-Learning will occur).

• Monday, April 13 —

Schools will be closed.

Teacher work day in

preparation for instruction

in whichever modality

is deemed best based

upon situational guidance

from our state health and

education officials. (No

remote e-Learning will

occur).

• Tuesday, April 14 —

Instructional Day

“This timeline to extend

remote e-Learning

and the decision to close

schools for two additional

weeks represents what

we believe to be best for

our school communities

given current guidance

from public health officials,

the needs of our

community and the information

available at this

time. We will continue to

monitor the situation and

revise our plans as needed,”

Cremascoli said.

Tricia Goyer, in December

because my family had really

gotten into some bad

habits about grumbling

about everything.”

Whether it’s getting silly,

getting crafty or getting

grateful, families all over

Wilmette are doing their

best to keep their spirits

up. With no other options

than to hunker down at

home, finding ways to not

just survive, but thrive,

appears to be a collective

goal across the Village.


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Wilmette

Gunther is the

name and my

favorite thing to do

is sleep! I have lived

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and my owners say I am too loud to have upstairs.

I am a pug so some people think I am mean, but

a dog who loves to sleep is too chill to be mean. I

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Posted to WilmetteBeaconDaily.com 6 days ago

Village of Wilmette launches community caretaker program

Hilary Anderson

Freelance Reporter

The Village of Wilmette

is establishing a Community

Caretakers program in

response to potential needs

of the village’s elderly or

disabled residents during

the COVID-19 crisis.

“The Village of Wilmette

wants to coordinate

with other local organizations

within the village

and provide caretaker services

to help and support

its elderly and disabled

population,” said Alexander

Arteaga, management

analyst in the Wilmette

Village Manager’s office.

“Ultimately the role of

the village in the program

will be to act as a ‘matchmaker.’

“We will coordinate

with those in need and our

partnering organizations to

ensure all reasonable requests

made by Wilmette

Village residents are fulfilled.”

The program works in

the following way:

Residents who need assistance

should call Alexander

Arteaga at Wilmette’s

Village Manager’s

office (847) 853-7502.

A staff member there

will take the name of the

caller and give it to the

police or fire department

staff person for verification

the person is a Wilmette

resident and then

refer the name of the caller

to a local group with volunteers

interested in helping—such

as a church,

synagogue or other civic

organization.

The village staff plans to

determine specific needs

of Wilmette residents requesting

help and work

with the organizations and

volunteers to coordinate

the provided services.

“The village prefers

not to coordinate specific

needs with specific volunteers,”

Arteaga said. “We

prefer that the organization’s

leadership do that

coordination.”

He added the delivery of

essential items to residents

who cannot leave their

homes include food —

such as grocery store and

market items, water, toiletries

and medicines and

other health care material

readily available.

“The services provided

to residents may change

over time depending upon

what residents request,”

Arteaga said. “The village

or network of organizations

may not be able to

fulfill all requests.”

Arteaga asks that any organization

with questions

or interested in becoming a

part of the program should

call him at (847) 853-7502

or email: arteagaa@wilmette.com

Wilmette’s Trinity United

Church, Lake and Wilmette

avenues, continues

to open its food pantry

from 9 a.m. to noon every

Tuesday morning for anyone

needing food.

Sts. Joseph and Francis

Xavier parish continues

to make each of its church

vestibules sites where

people can make food

donations. They are open

7 a.m.- 3 p.m. Monday

through Friday, and 8:30

a.m.-noon Saturday and

Sunday.

Wilmette president signs local disaster declaration

Eric DeGrechie, Editor

Bob Bielinski, village

president of Wilmette,

signed a Declaration of

Local Disaster Public

Health Emergency March

17 in Wilmette.

According to village officials,

this is a procedural

step that allows the Village

to respond more quickly

and effectively to the rapidly

evolving public health

crisis. The declaration is

also necessary to seek future

reimbursements from

the state and federal governments.

Officials reiterated that

this will have no impact

on essential core services

provided by the Village,

including police, fire, water

and public works.

• As reported at the end

of last week, the Village

announced several temporary

changes to nonessential

Village services

and facilities in response

to COVID-19. These decisions

were made based

upon guidance from the

CDC, which recommends

limiting in-person interactions

to prevent exposure

and spread of COVID-19.

• All public meetings

through March 20 have

been canceled. The Village

will communicate details

regarding the rescheduling

of these meetings when

it’s available. Village Hall

and the Historical Museum

will be closed to in-person

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visits until further notice.

Residents can still reach

Village employees by telephone

and email during

regular business hours.

• The front lobby of the

Village’s Police Department

will remain open to

the public. Continue to call

911 for all emergencies.

For non-emergencies, call

(847) 256-1200. Residents

should contact the nonemergency

number regarding

questions or issues

with citations or to file

police reports for property

and financial crimes prior

to coming to police station.

• The Public Works

Facility will be closed to

in-person visits until further

notice. Electronics

recycling drop-off swill remain

open and accessible

to residents during regular

business hours. Staff will

be available by telephone

and email during regular

business hours from 7 a.m.

to 3 p.m. Contact Public

Works at (847) 853-7500

or pubworks@wilmette.

com or submit service requests

online.

• Advanced Disposal

will continue to provide

refuse and recycling collection

as scheduled. Yard

waste/composting collection

will begin the week of

April 6 as planned. Stickers

will continue to be sold

at local retailers.

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New Trier D203 Board of Education

Officials report ‘good first day’ of remote

learning despite unprecedented circumstances

Aaron Dorman

Freelance Reporter

Posted to WilmetteBeaconDaily.com 9 days ago

“[This was] certainly

nobody’s first choice.”

That was how Peter Tragos,

assistant superintendent

for curriculum and

instruction, acknowledged

the situation for New Trier

District 203 at the March

16 Board meeting, but

all things considered, he

declared the district’s response

“pretty darn good.”

In just over a week,

amidst the impacts of the

COVID-19 outbreak and

subsequent emergency

closures, the district has

had to react fast and institute

a remote learning

program. Even before Illinois

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced

all public schools

to be closed from March

17-30, New Trier, like

many other districts, was

making contingency plans.

Tragos laid out the truncated

timeline for moving

more than 4,000 students

and hundreds of staff to a

virtual platform.

On March 6, after several

days of departmental

planning, the district instituted

a “call to action” to

prepare in case of canceling.

The following school

day, staff got a crash

course in using the remote

learning tools with a technology

specialist team.

Schools closed for the first

time March 13 so teachers

could create their canvas

pages and the Trevian Remote

Learning system.

“This is not how we

would decide to teach if

we could, but we are doing

our best to adapt to the situation

and provide our students

the best opportunity

to learn,” Tragos said. The

board highlighted several

student projects including

an architecture class’ CO-

VID-19 challenge to design

a local health clinic,

and some student “macro

photography” samples.

The remote learning

schedule is designed to

mimic a regular school

day as much as possible.

Students are expected to

check the Canvas pages

by 8 a.m. and complete

assignments by 3 p.m. in

the afternoon. Teachers are

still expected to take “class

attendance” and be available

throughout the day for

communication.

Tragos praised the

thoughtful and collaborative

effort of the entire

community for helping

provide a sense of normalcy.

The e-learning

curriculum was guided by

the Illinois State Board of

Education and the North

Cook Intermediate Service

Center. Logistical issues

include how to help special

needs students with

e-learning, and how to effectively

use online tools

like slack or zoom.

“Where are we?” Tragos

asked. “A good first day.

But not a perfect one.”

For now, there is no

centralized portal where

parents can provide comments.

Superintendent Dr.

Paul Sally acknowledged

surveying students and

teachers would be an ongoing

challenge. Tragos also

pointed to the challenge of

“testing integrity” and how

to create an environment

using software that could

mimic classroom settings

as closely as possible.

“I don’t think it (the online

learning portal) will

mimic the classroom process,”

Tragos said. “Teachers

are identifying what is

important for students to

know and grades and tests

are secondary for now.”

Superintendent Sally

also anticipated student

outcomes would have to

look different going forward.

The rest of the board

expressed pride in how

the district has handled

the situation. Board Vice

President Marc Glucksman,

who attended the

meeting remotely, said that

students have gone from

having “healthy skepticism”

to “engagement” to

“waiting to see what will

happen tomorrow.”

“We’re not inventing

this alone,” Board President

Cathleen Albrecht

said. Albrecht noted the

somewhat fortuitous timing

the district had, in that

the upcoming spring break

allows for a much-needed

pause in the educational

upheaval.

How much longer after

that will the schools be

closed? Tragos hoped for

more information soon.

“We are just waiting on it

like everybody else,” Tragos

said. “At this point, I

don’t know what the process

is going to look like.”

For the board itself, future

meetings will most

likely be virtual; the March

16 meeting had already

taken COVID-19 related

measures, including spacing

out public seating and

live-streaming the session.

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Posted to WilmetteBeaconDaily.com 6 days ago

Parent of Kenilworth preschool student tests positive for COVID-19

Eric DeGrechie, Editor

According to a notice on

its website, Kenilworth’s A

Joyful Noise Preschool announced

Thursday, March

19, that a parent of a student

From MAR. 20

who was in a classroom

at the school on March 12

was confirmed positive for

COVID-19 (coronavirus).

The Center for Disease

Control, Illinois Department

of Public Health,

and Illinois Department of

Children and Family Services

have been notified

along with all families and

teachers associated with

AJN Preschool, according

to the notice.

AJN Preschool and all

Kenilworth Union Church

activities in the building

were suspended on Friday,

March 13, “the implications

are remote of further

spread to AJN students,

families, and our church

members,” reads the notice.

The preschool building,

located at 211 Kenilworth

Ave., remains closed for

activities. The notice stated

that “a thorough cleaning

of the entire building,

including all classrooms,

began and continues.”

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Posted to WilmetteBeaconDaily.com 3 days ago

New Trier student achieves Eagle Scout rank

Hilary Anderson

Freelance Reporter

The Little House of

Glencoe, located at 690

Birch Road in Glencoe,

has a brand new driveway

thanks to a young, local

Eagle Scout.

New Trier freshman Alec

Coleman reached the rank

of Eagle Scout and was

honored by members of

Glencoe’s Troop 28, along

with family and friends at

an Eagle Scout Court of

Honor ceremony Feb. 23,

held at the Glencoe Union

Church.

“The rank of Eagle

Scout, the highest level

in scouting, is reached by

only about 6 percent of individuals

who become Boy

Scouts,” said Tom Temple,

Coleman’s Eagle Scout

Service Project coach. “The

requirements are challenging,

but Alec met each.”

There are seven ranks

Coleman had to achieve

before reaching Eagle

Scout status. They included

selecting 21 from among

130 possible merit badges

and completing the requirements

for each. Four specific

requirements are required

for the Eagle Scout

rank.

“Even more remarkable

is that most scouts are 17

or 18 years old when they

reach the rank of Eagle

Scout, Alec was only 14

and a high school freshman

when he completed

his service project this past

December,” Temple added.

To obtain the rank of

Eagle Scout Coleman also

had to perform a leadership

service project that benefited

a religious institution,

school or community organization.

He had to show his leadership

skills with only the

guidance and support from

his parents and scout leaders.

He also had to find the

necessary monies to pay

for materials for his chosen

project.

Coleman gave an overview

of what his service

project entailed at the Eagle

Scout Court of Honor ceremony.

“I went to the website that

listed some possible service

projects,” said Coleman. “I

saw one about repairing or

replacing the driveway by

the Little House of Glencoe

—I camped there many

times with my troop. The

driveway flooded when it

rained and the water would

puddle or run off into the

grass and woods. Some of

the grass turned into muddy

areas. There were big potholes

all over. I chose it and

began planning what needed

to be done.”

He then went to Robert

Delforge, a Little House

board member who also

had been involved in scouting.

He made a presentation

of his idea to the board.

They liked what Coleman

proposed, so he began his

project.

“I raised about $3,100

through a Go Fund Me

page,” Coleman said.

“Then I held a bake sale in

front of Hometown Coffee

and Juice. I asked my

family and friends to make

things for the bake sale.

That merited $720 and the

Little House donated $375.

Family and friends contributed

another $425.”

Coleman hired a landscape

contractor, Jesus Olmos,

who had been recommended

by neighbors to do

the heavy work.

“The circle driveway in

front of the Little House is

about 18 feet across with

a circumference of almost

300 feet,” Coleman said.

“We needed about 70 cubic

yards of grade nine stone.”

Most of the money went

to buying the stone [gravel]

for the driveway.

“The landscaper brought

in bobcats [ small tractors]

to regrade the driveway,”

he added. “It took about

six truckloads of stone.

We used a fallen log from

an invasive tree that had

been cut down to redefine

the boundaries of the driveway.

We burned the rest of

the branches in a fire pit.”

He then took an address

sign for the Little House

that was near the back of

the house and hard to see

and moved it closer to the

front of the driveway.

“We added a solar light

encased in plastic on top

of the sign,” said Coleman,

“That way visitors could

see the address, 690 Birch

Rd., at night. We also improved

the lettering on the

sign.”

It took Coleman and his

crew about four days to

complete the project. They

finished it on Oct. 5, 2019.

Following Coleman’s

overview of his service

project, Jeff Heftman,

Troop 28’s scoutmaster

and master of ceremony for

the evening, congratulated

Coleman on becoming an

Eagle Scout.

“May the qualities

that inspired you to this

achievement continue to

lead you to even greater

success in your life—a life

characterized by service to

others,” Heftman said.

He then asked Ben Miller,

Coleman’s former coscoutmaster,

to make Eagle

Scout medal presentations.

Miller gave Coleman’s

mother, Kristin Coleman,

an Eagle medal to pin on

(left to right) Alice Buchholz (Alec’s grandmother

who came from South Carolina for ceremony), Alec

Coleman, Kristin Coleman (Alec’s mother and Jerry

Coleman (Alec’s father). Hilary Anderson/22nd Century

Media

her son’s shirt, which she

did.

Coleman pinned a special

Eagle pin on his father,

Jerry Coleman, mother and

grandmother, Alice Buchholz,

who came in from

Hilton Head, South Carolina

just for her grandson’s

special ceremony.

Heftman gave Coleman

a special Eagle Scout neckerchief,

emblematic of all

Eagle Scouts everywhere.

He also received a flag of

the United States of America

from Miller that was

flown in Coleman’s honor

over the United States Capitol

building.

He then received an

Eagle walking stick from

Sharon Zulkie, the Unit

Commissioner in Glencoe

for the Potawatomi District

along with the council representative,

Jack Baldwin.

Coleman joined scouting

in first grade and plans to

stay involved.

“I joined because of all

the fun activities,” he said.

“The pinewood derby and

camping out for starters.

I find scouting interesting

and I like the ideals

for which it stands.

Scouting has taught me a

lot about life skills, time

management, how to be

independent, problem solving

techniques, personal

management and first aid

among so many other

things. I plan to stay in

scouting and maybe earn

some more merit badges. I

can be a scout leader in my

troop.”

Scouting is not the only

activity in which Coleman

currently is involved.

“I am a member of New

Trier’s Tri-Ship Service

Club,” he said. “I played

hockey until last year, but

now I mostly play baseball.

I also play the piano

and am interested in music

composition. Some day I

hope to be a scout leader

when I have kids.”


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Wilmette’s last farm family gives way to Centennial Park

John Jacoby

Contributing Columnist

Modern-day Wilmette

residents

who enjoy

swimming, ice skating,

and/or tennis at Centennial

Park probably give

little thought to the Park’s

name. If asked, they’d

probably guess that the

name honors the 100th

anniversary of something,

but what? Here’s the answer,

along with the story

of the Park’s creation.

After World War II,

Wilmette officials recognized

that the village’s

public facilities and

infrastructure, including

parks, needed to be

improved to accommodate

the rapidly growing

community. A “Study of

Wilmette”, prepared in

1946, observed that the

“accepted minimum”

amount of parkland for a

community was ten acres

per 1,000 residents, but

with a population of about

17,000 and only 60 acres

of parkland, Wilmette fell

far short of this standard.

The report concluded that

“the acquisition of more

acreage is the most pressing

problem confronting

the community.”

Farmland west of Ridge

Road was a prime target

for developers as the

village grew. To acquire

land suitable for a park,

Wilmette Park District

had to compete with these

developers. By 1968,

only one farm remained,

a twelve-acre truck farm

between Wilmette Avenue

and Old Glenview Road at

Crawford Avenue. Since

1924, the farm belonged

to Mike Loutsch. The

son of an immigrant from

Luxembourg, Mike was

born in 1882 and raised

on a farm in Niles Center

(now Skokie). In 1905, he

married Barbara Pettinger,

the daughter of a Gross

Point farmer of German

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origin. Mike and Barbara

had four daughters: Alice,

Clara, Kathleen, and

Davida. They often spoke

German in their sevenroom

farmhouse at 2301

Wilmette Avenue.

Mike loved his farm.

It was a family business,

with all family members

working long hours. The

oldest daughter, Alice,

married and moved away

in 1926, but the other

daughters stayed on the

farm. They grew all kinds

of vegetables and flowers

— tomatoes, green

beans, cabbages, squash,

pumpkins, sweet corn, celery,

peppers, zinnias and

gladiolas. They transported

much of this produce to

Chicago’s South Water

Street market for sale.

They also raised chickens,

ducks, geese, and pigs; and

they kept horses and a cow.

In 1966, Mike was quoted

as saying, “I’ve been a

farmer all my life. I want

to stay a farmer as long as

I live.” He added, “I don’t

have to work. I just like it.

. . I’d rather sit on a tractor

and cultivate than sit in a

chair in the yard.”

In the mid-1960s, WPD

saw Mike’s farm as the

last chance to acquire a

large parcel of land at an

affordable price. When

Mike refused to sell, WPD

threatened to exercise its

power of eminent domain.

Mike resisted, but he

finally surrendered when

his lawyer advised him

that he’d lose the fight.

In 1968, Mike and WPD

finalized an agreement

that allowed him, at the

age of 86, to occupy the

farmhouse with 1.1 acres

of land for the rest of his

life; his daughters could

remain there for one

year following his death.

Meanwhile, WPD took

possession of the remaining

acreage. According to

Mike’s daughter Davida,

WPD “thought he’d die

right away, but he lived

nine more years.”

WPD named the

acquisition “Centennial

Park” to recognize the

upcoming centennial of

the Village’s founding

in 1872 and to generate

enthusiasm for its plan to

build a sports complex

(six indoor tennis courts

Mike Loutsch was the

last of the farmers who

populated the Gross Point

area that’s now part of

Wilmette. Photo courtesy

of Wilmette Historical

Museum.

and an outdoor swimming

pool) at the Park. In 1971,

Wilmette voters approved

a bond issue to pay for the

$1.1 million complex. It

opened in late 1972. Mike

died on July 10, 1978, a

date that marks the end

of an era. His daughters

remained at the old farmhouse

for a year and then

moved to a new house

across Old Glenview

Road. Davida Loutsch, 96,

the only surviving member

of Wilmette’s last farm

family, still lives there.

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Former Scouts football

captain reveals COVID-19

diagnosis

Gabe Funk wants to use

his situation to educate

people while he’s in selfquarantine.

“Everyone is talking

about it regardless,” Funk

said. “I don’t care if people

know I have it. I’d rather

inform people than keep it

a secret.”

Funk, 21, tested positive

for COVID-19, or coronavirus,

on Saturday, March

14, and is currently in selfquarantine.

The Lake Forest High

School alumnus and former

Scouts football captain

originally discussed

how he contracted coronavirus

on a podcast with

Jon Kerr of Scoutsfootball.

com.

Reporting by Nick Frazier,

Contributing Sports Editor.

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THE NORTHBROOK TOWER

D225 officials detail

upcoming measures amid

coronavirus shutdowns

A rundown on what

Glenbrook North and

Glenbrook South will

be doing when school is

closed due to the coronavirus

was presented to

the District 225 Board of

Education at its Monday,

March 16 meeting.

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FROM THE EDITOR

Dining Out feature renamed ‘Dining In’ for time being

Eric DeGrechie

eric@wilmettebeacon.com

Every week in our

publications, we

feature a different

restaurant for Dining Out.

A group of editors will

visit the establishment,

interview the owner and

chef, take photos of the

various dishes being

featured and write a story

about the experience.

The most important jobs

on these trips from our

perspective is one editor

being a reporter and another

editor taking photos.

The primo job, though, is

being a designated eater.

Your only responsibility

if you ‘volunteer’ for this

challenging endeavor is

eating the food and expressing

your opinion on

what you’ve tasted.

Obviously, with the

recent outbreak and

self-quarantining due to

COVID-19, our voyages

are on pause. Hopefully,

this is only temporary as

we thoroughly enjoy these

experiences. Not only is it

a great exercise for teambonding

in our editorial

department, but it gives

our local eateries an opportunity

to talk and show

off their cuisines.

For the time being,

we’re going to try and

come up with creative

ways to continue the feature.

This week, we spotlight

take-out dishes from

across the North Shore

and we’ve also included

those specific to Wilmette.

We thank the Wilmette-

Kenilworth Chamber of

Commerce for helping

with the latter. You can

find the feature on Page

24 and even more free

information at Wilmette-

BeaconDaily.com.

In the meantime, we’ll

dream about the days

when we’re able to dine

out again. I’m betting

there will be even more

eating “volunteers” than

normal. Stay safe and eat

local!

Regina Dominican posted this photo on March

17 with the caption:

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hear it for our first-time voters!!”

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$2.1M

An intriguing number from this week’s edition

Cost of approved Highcrest and

health/life safety construction

bids for summer 2020, Page 3

Letters to the editor

Deeper coverage of

Optima project was

needed

[I’m a] long-time reader

and fan of The Beacon. I

am just retired from a 40

year career in Chicago

journalism and politics.

My wife and I have lived

in Wilmette since 1984.

I don’t know what editorial

freedom you enjoy.

Nor do I know what

pressures if any are put

upon you to cover certain

stories and not others in

Wilmette. And I imagine

you have to balance many

plates at once in this new

age of journalism.

Yet...I am disappointed

that The Beacon didn’t

dig deeper into the Optima

project. It seemed to

spring on us two issues

ago. And now it’s a done

deal.

I don’t see much in the

project that helps anyone

but Optima and the Cook

County Treasurer.

Reading the pathetic

comments of some weakkneed

“Trustee” named

Peter Barrow made me

wonder if he is on the Optima

payroll.

I cannot state more

forcefully how this project

is likely to negatively

affect the entire community.

The Village is rolling in

property tax dough given

the sprouting of new mansions

in Wilmette and in

particular on Michigan

Avenue.

The Optima building

isn’t needed, wanted or

warranted.

And the obsequious

way Village President

Bielinski and “Trustee”

Barrow treated the Optima

firm is not only sickening

but suspicious.

In future I hope you

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residents better informed

of plans hatched by Village

Hall in cahoots with

greedy developers. It’s

clear we can’t trust our

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From Page 14

word from the governor’s

guidelines,” Superintendent

Dr. Charles Johns

told the board. “We are

assessing day-to-day. We

will start electronic learning

classes on March 31 if

necessary.”

Reporting by Neil Milbert,

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story at NorthbrookTower-

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Student, family

quarantined for COVID-19

A seventh-grader from

Carleton Washburne

School in Winnetka has

a “probable, presumptive

case related to the

coronavirus disease (CO-

VID-19),” according to a

letter from District 36.

The community letter,

signed by Superintendent

Trisha Kocanda, says the

Illinois Department of

Public Health advised students

and staff at Washburne

should self-quarantine

for 14 days from

March 11, the last time the

student was at school.

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Dining In

North Shore restaurants get creative in COVID-19 fight, Page 24

Kenilworth family owns dog

recently recognized by American

Kennel Club, Page 21

Lila (right), one of only a few hundred Barbets in the United States, is shown at

her Kenilworth home with her beloved kitten friend, Emmie. Photos submitted

INSET: The Wiggins’ family takes Lila out for a walk.


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north shore puzzler CROSSWORD & Sudoku

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

Across

Down

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur

1. Jethro ___ : 60s

rock group

5. Annoys

10. Fashionable

resorts

14. Singer India.___

15. Dickens’s Heep

16. Verizon product

17. Aspiring atty.’s

exam

18. Tank swimmer

19. Head cover

20. Wagon train

22. Stat start

24. “___ night love

affair,” Bryan Adams

25. Thin layers of

rocks

29. Skipped

33. Glencoe village’s

first seal was based

on the seal of a town

in this country

36. Rulers of Russia

37. Distinctive atmosphere

38. Grand Coulee e.g.

39. “Miss ___ Regrets”

40. Gourmand

42. Native American

tent

43. Sparkle

44. Jordan native, e.g.

45. More liberated

46. Glencoe village

trail

48. French, melancholy

49. Vegetable that

makes you cry

50. Van Gogh: “___

Cypresses”

51. Broadway play

made into a film in

2019

54. Subdivision

59. Arch type

62. Head bone

64. Love personified

65. Warning device

66. Bolshoi rival

67. Spot

68. Loudness measure

69. Bitter ill-will

70. MOMA artist

1. Locker room supply

2. Major or Minor Bear

3. Tale-teller

4. “I ___ Song Go Out

of My Heart”

5. Deviant sci-fi character

6. Adler of Sherlock

Holmes fame

7. Strong and healthy

8. “M*A*S*H” actor

9. Former ruler in

Teheran

10. Teach

11. Prankster’s projectile

12. Greatest boxer

13. Camera inits.

21. French you

23. Trade agreement

26. Refined women

27. Sulking

28. Marvel at

29. On again, off again

30. Rearward

31. Asian island capital

32. Hosp. areas

33. Didn’t get involved

34. Pool stick

35. Catch-22 character

(1970 film)

40. Tarzan creator’s

monogram

41. Auto insurer with

roadside service

42. Lead-in with angle

44. “___ Karenina”

45. Kermit’s species

47. Epoch characterized

by the rise of mammals

48. Midnight

50. Letter-shaped opening

52. Sounds of disapproval

53. Wake Forest coach,

Prosser

55. Hide

56. “Quo Vadis” Oscar

winner Jannings

57. Part of a chord

58. Squirrel’s home

59. Circus cries

60. Sticky stuff

61. Ending for east or

west

63. He was famous for

spoon bending

Let’s see what’s on

Schedule for Wilmette Community Television – Channel 6

Thursday, March 26

6 p.m. NSSC Men’s Club

Program

7 p.m. Illinois Channel

Programming

9 p.m. BSK - Soups

Friday, March 27–Sunday,

March 29

6 p.m. WPD Ice Show

2019

8:30 p.m. NSSC Men’s

Club Program

9:30 p.m. Illinois

Channel Programming

Monday, March 30

6 p.m. BSK - Gone Fishin’

7 p.m. NSSC Men’s Club

Program

8 p.m. Illinois Channel

Programming

Tuesday, March 31

6 p.m. Illinois Channel

Programming

8 p.m. BSK - Soups

9:30 p.m. NSSC Men’s

Club Program

Wednesday, April 1

6 p.m. WPD Ice Show

2019

8:30 p.m. NSSC Men’s

Club Program

9:30 p.m. Illinois

Channel Programming

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Posted to WilmetteBeaconDaily.com 2 days ago

Special dog brings joy to Kenilworth family

Hilary Anderson

Freelance Reporter

Meet Lila, the dog.

She is a Barbet, one of

about only 500 such dogs

in the world. The American

Kennel Club only

recently recognized her

breed.

“Lila is special and the

love of our lives,” owner

Betty Wiggins, of Kenilworth,

said. “She is a

true member of our family.”

There is a laugh, coupled

with a smile in Betty

Wiggins’ voice every time

she talks about Lila. The

addition of Lila into the

Wiggins’ family did not

just happen.

“We went to a breeders’

event at the Westminster

Dog Show when we lived

in New York,” Wiggins

said. You can see hundreds

of dogs there. People attend

and talk with the different

breeders about their

dogs but they do not sell

them at the event. It was

there we first learned about

the Barbet breed.”

The word, barbet, is

French for beard, which

the dog appears to have

on its face. It is said the

Barbet breed dates back to

the time of Napoleon but

it almost became extinct

during the periods between

World War I and World

War II.

“Michael, my husband,

was reluctant at first to

get a dog,” Wiggins said.

“He didn’t want just any

dog. He preferred one that

goes in the water, is sporty,

could run like he does or

take long walks with him,

but not a lap dog. We became

smitten with the idea

of getting a Barbet that we

learned about at the Westminster

Dog Show.”

About a year later,

it happened. Wiggins

“found” Lila at a breeder.

“At the time, I could

only find four Barbet

breeders in the U.S. and

discovered a mere 200

dogs or so from the Barbet

breed that lived here in the

states,” Wiggins said. “Lila

is a beautiful dog with big,

dark eyes, a double wooly

coat and web feet that enable

her to go into cold water.

She loves getting wet.

Lila does not shed. She is

a lowlands hunter and is

happiest when chasing a

squirrel. ”

The Wiggins family

likes walking Lila and taking

her to the dog beach.

She enjoys it even more

than they do.

“You have to be prepared

to have a Barbet in

your life,” Wiggins said.

“She requires at least a

good brushing two to three

times a week so her coat

does not get matted. When

she runs on the beach, she

sometimes gets little sticks

or even burrs in it. We usually

brush her daily while

watching TV. Lila needs

to be groomed every five

weeks.”

Regardless of the frequent

upkeep, the Wiggins

family loves Lila deeply.

“Barbets have what

looks like a beard on their

face,” she laughs. “Barbet

in French translates to

‘beard.’ She is a messy eater

so we often have to wipe

her face once she finishes

eating. If there is a puddle,

Lila will find it and go in

it. She does not like getting

a bath.”

Wiggins adds that Lila

does not mind going to the

vet but not so much her

groomer.

“We bought a house

closer to the lake because

Lila enjoys the water so

much,” Wiggins said. “Her

thick hair, not fur, is soft.

She loves the snow but is

miserable in summer and

spends a lot of time indoors

in front of the airconditioning

vents.”

Wiggins adds that Lila

is very smart and obedient.

“Lila is a happy dog as

long as she is kept exercised,”

Wiggins said. “She

does not mind running the

four to six miles with my

husband.”

She is very protective of

their son, Jonathan, 13.

“Lila’s goal in life is to

catch a squirrel,” Wiggins

said. “She is very prey-focused

when we hear what

sounds like moans coming

out of her mouth, we

know she is unhappy about

something.

It was about the time

the Wiggins were getting

ready to move back to

the Chicago area that Lila

brought them a present.

Betty Wiggins grew up in

Winnetka and Michael in

Lake Forest.

“We were in our New

York backyard that was

surrounded by vineyards

and farms,” Wiggins said.

“We saw a mother cat carrying

a kitten. A storm was

approaching. After it was

over, there was a meow

coming out from under a

bush. Lila went over to the

bush, picked up the kitten

in her mouth and brought

it to us. We think the mother

cat abandoned its baby

during the storm.”

The family brought

the kitten to the Animal

Welfare League thinking

someone would want to

adopt it. The animal was

in fine condition. In the

meantime, the organization

gave the Wiggins

everything they needed

to foster the kitten — formula,

carrier.

More information about

Barbet dogs is available

from Betty Wiggins at lila.

emmie@gmail.com.

Full story at Wilmette-

BeaconDaily.com.

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Quick Bites

Posted to WilmetteBeaconDaily.com 5 days ago

North Shore eateries provide plentiful take-out, delivery options during quarantine

Staff Report

These are surely trying

times, but luckily, the

North Shore is filled with

restaurants that are stepping

up to the plate and

helping local residents

ease their minds a little

with the delicious food options

they’ve become familiar

with over the years.

With orders from Gov.

J.B. Pritzker last week to

close down dine-in options

in response to the COV-

ID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak,

area eateries needed

to pivot quickly to ensure

continued business and

to feed hungry residents

while doing it.

From curbside service

to local deliveries, restaurants

are getting food to

residents while also following

strict COVID-19

safety guidelines for food

preparation and exchanging

of the goods to customers.

Here at 22nd Century

Media, we are featuring

but a few of the options out

there and will continue to

work with local businesses

as we all adjust to the many

changes now and on the

horizon. Please reach out

to our individual publications

with any information

you’re hoping to get out to

our readers. Stay safe out

there and eat local!

Vegetale Fresca —

Convito Cafe and Market,

Wilmette

Since 1982, when Convito

Cafe and Market

opened its Wilmette location

at Plaza del Lago,

founder Nancy Barocci

and her daughter, Candace

Warner, have been

providing comfort foods

for North Shore residents.

Knowing it’s in their

The Vegetale Fresca ($5.50 for individual order) at Wilmette’s Convito Cafe and

Market includes peapods, zucchini, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions with

an oregano vinaigrette. Photo Submitted

blood, it should come as

no surprise that they’re

continuing this important

service during the COV-

ID-19 outbreak.

“With the help and loyalty

of our customers, and

our diligence and great

team, we will strive to

continue to provide great

food and drink to our local

customers,” Warner said.”

Together, businesses and

customers can get through

this difficult time.”

Among the most popular

items Convito is offering

for curbside service and

deliveries is the Vegetale

Fresca ($5.50 for single

order), a dish that dates

back to the early days of

the market and was invented

by accident according

to Barocci.

“I literally invented it

out of what was left in the

refrigerator on the day that

Violet Caldarelli (our first

chef) nagged me to make

certain that I used the vegetables

in the refrigerator

before they lost their nutrients

and were no longer

fresh,” Barocci said. “To

this day, we use the same

recipe.”

On the menu every day,

the delicious, crunchy

vegetable salad includes

peapods, zucchini, carrots,

tomatoes, cucumbers, red

onions with an oregano

vinaigrette.

Convito Cafe and Market

is located at Plaza

del Lago, 1515 Sheridan

Road, Wilmette, and is

currently open 10:30 a.m.-

630 p.m. Monday through

Friday; 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday and 11 a.m.-6

p.m. Sunday. Call (847)

251-3654 for curbside or

delivery service.

Story by Eric DeGrechie,

Managing Editor

Bag ‘O Ribs - Papa Willie’s

BBQ, Highwood

While most places seem

to be shutting down to

avoid the spread of COV-

ID-19, it’s business as usual

for Papa Willie’s BBQ.

Well, as usual as it can be.

Papa Willie’s BBQ,

which mostly operates as

a carry-out restaurant during

non-pandemic times

is sticking to that, and offering

delivery through

DoorDash and UberEats

and curbside carryout for

customers who order over

the phone while restaurants

are ordered to be shut

down.

Owner Brian Merel is

not allowing customers

inside the restaurant and

is only accepting payment

over the phone by credit

card.

But Merel is trying to

keep it as close to normal

as can be — he’s still blasting

his signature Phish

soundtrack outside of the

restaurant for curbside

pickup customers to enjoy.

“I’m just doing the best I

can at following whatever

guidelines come,” Merel

said.

One of the items that

Papa Willie’s BBQ customers

have been driving

up for is the restaurant’s

Bag ‘O Ribs ($14 for a half

slab, $24 for a full slab) —

Other Wilmette dining options include

• 5B2F Akira Sushi — Order and pay online at

www.5b2fakirasushi.com. Call (847) 920-5332.

• Akai Hana Restaurant at 3223 W. Lake Ave. —

order online at www.akaihanasushi.com or call

(847) 251-0384.

• A La Carte — for orders, call (847) 256-4102

or (847) 256-9626 or email alacarte. catering@

sbcglobal.net.

• AO Sushi Wilmette — Online at aosushi.com,(847)

256-4404.

• Burhop’s in Plaza del Lago, (847) 256-6400.

• Homer’s Ice Cream, (847) 251-0477 Ext.1.

• Irving’s For Red Hot Lovers, (847) 251-6300.

• Pescadero Seafood, pescaderofish.com, (224)

215-3011 and press option 3.

• Napolita Pizzeria & Wine Bar, napolitapizza.com

to place an order or call (224) 215-0305.

• Nick’s Neighborhood Grill, (847) 251-3262

or email cater@nickswilmette.com. A one-day

advanced notice is requested. https://www.

nickswilmette.com/order-online/.

• Norshore Meats & Deli, (847) 251-3601

• St. Roger Abbey French Gourmet Patisserie,

(847) 251-3005, www.strogerabbey.org

• Torino Ramen, (847) 920-5075, www.

torinoramen.com.

• Ridgeview Restaurant, (847) 251-2770, www.

ridgeviewgrill.com.

• Valley Lodge Tavern at 1141 Central Ave., (847)

920-5675, www.valleylodgetavern.com

• Zier’s Prime Meats & Poultry, (847) 251-4000,

www.mercato.com/shop/ziers-prime-meats-poultry.

— From the Wilmette/Kenilworth Chamber

of Commerce. Complete listings at

WilmetteBeaconDaily.com.

literally, a bag filled with

ribs, covered in the restaurant’s

signature barbeque

sauce.

Papa Willie’s BBQ is

located at 148 Green Bay

Road in Highwood, and is

currently open seven days

a week, from 4-9 p.m.

Story by Erin Yarnall, Contributing

Editor

Korean BBQ bulgogi

— Gangnam Ramen,

Glenview

Sure, you’ve probably

stuck inside for longer

than ever hoped, but you

can still eat like royalty.

Glenview’s Gangnam

Ramen is currently offering

carryout and delivery

for its full menu, including

the Korean BBQ bulgogi,

a dish once reserved for

Korean nobility and special

events.

Story by Jason Addy, Contributing

Editor

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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Emma Weaver

The New Trier senior is

the reigning Illinois Girls

Soccer Gatorade Player

of the Year

Do you have any

superstitions before,

during or after a

game?

My parents didn’t teach

me how to tie my shoes

because I was the youngest

so I have a different way

of tying my shoes. I tie my

cleats at least five times

because I hate it when

the laces are on my cleats

and I always start with the

right cleat.

When did you start

playing soccer?

I started playing probably

around 3 or 4. My

three older siblings all

played soccer, so a lot of

times my sister Jessica

would be in tournaments

and I’d beg my mom if I

can go and at halftime I

remember shooting with

my dad or kicking the ball

with my dad. I grew up

with a soccer ball around

me and that’s what got me

to playing.

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What’s one thing

people don’t know

about you?

I like to go to bed early

and wake up early. Before

preseason, I’ll wake

up sometimes at 5:30, go

work out from 6-7 and

then go to school. I don’t

sleep in on weekends because

I like to be productive

in the mornings.

What’s the hardest

part about playing

soccer?

Getting over a mistake

quickly. A lot of times I

feel like I’ll make a mistake

and hang my head.

How you can pick yourself

and your teammates up

after a loss or tough weekend

is always important.

If you could travel

anywhere in the

world, where would

you go?

I would go to Barcelona.

It really interests me and

looks beautiful.

What’s one thing on

your bucket list?

I’ve always wanted to

surf.

What’s the best part

about playing soccer?

The team dynamic, the

competition, the discipline

and most of all, it makes

me the happiest person.

What’s been your

favorite moment at

New Trier?

Beating Stevenseon in

the supersectional last year

because we were so ready

for that game. That’s one

thing I’ll always remember.

If you could play

another sport, what

would you play and

why?

Field hockey. I played

that when I lived in Pennsylvania

and my sister

Claire played at Villanova.

If you could have

dinner with two

people, who would

they be and why?

Abby Wambach because

she’s a consistent, good

player, a soccer legend and

is one of the greatest soccer

players ever. Second

would be Hailey Bieber.

It’s a weird obsession I

have but she’s awesome.

Interview by Sports Editor

Michael Wojtychiw

The Varsity: North Shore Podcast

Guys discuss how coronavirus

affects high school athletics

Staff Report

In this week’s episode of

The Varsity: North Shore,

the only podcast focused

on North Shore sports,

hosts Michal Dwojak,

Nick Frazier and Michael

Wojtychiw discuss the latest

about the COVID-19

virus affecting Illinois

high school sports and

how the IHSA is planning

on starting a new season,

talk about how the both

current and former players

and responding to the lack

of play and highlight some

Soccer

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improved],” Burnside said.

“Because when I first when

down this (roster), Jenna

Birdsell, she’s an outside

back, improved amazingly.

“Caroline Finnegan

might be one of the most

improved players over the

past 12 months maybe that

I’ve coached.”

The offense, like it had

been last season, will be

led by the state’s reigning

Gatorade Player of the Year

Emma Weaver, who scored

over 30 goals last season.

Unfortunately for the

Trevians, their secondleading

scorer had six

goals, so the hope this year

is to create more of a balanced

scoring attack.

Junior Alex Wirth, who,

along with the now-graduated

Lily Conley tied for

the six goals, returns to

help take some of the pressure

and junior Mia Sedgewick,

who really came on

toward the end of the year,

will also look to continue

strong performances from

alumni during the fall and

winter.

First Period

The guys discuss everything

they know about the

coronavirus outbreak and

how the IHSA is planning

on bringing back sports

this spring.

Second Period

They move on to talk

about how both current

and former athletes have

responded to the lack of

games and what they’re

her improvement this year.

It’s one player who

hasn’t played for the Trevians

yet that might help

Weaver the most. Junior

Morgan Fagan, who has

played with FC United’s

Developmental Academy

program the past two years

will be making her high

school debut whenever the

team gets the chance to step

onto the pitch.

“You’d come out and see

her, and be like, ‘That’s exactly

what Emma needs,’”

Burnside said.

The forwards will also

be aided with the return of

Grace Walker, who missed

last season with an ankle

injury, Maggie Gifford

and Juliette Lana, both of

whom didn’t see much

playing time but have really

improved and gained a

lot of confidence.

After backing up nowgraduated

Meghan Dwyer

for the past two seasons,

the net will be all Courtney

Charcut’s this year. Even

though Charcut backup up

Dwyer, she got plenty of

game time, having gotten

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doing to help pass the time.

Third Period

To finish things off, the

hosts talk about some of

the better performances

they saw from alumni in

the fall and winter.

into 12 games last season.

The two years of varsity

experience has more than

prepared the senior for her

turn in net.

“To be 100 percent, I did

not view Courtney in any

way, shape, or form being

a first year (starter),” the

coach said. “The way she’s

played, the way she’s led,

the way she’s looked, she’s

a veteran.

“She is a ridiculous athlete.

She’s one of the fastest

kids in the program, an extremely

hard worker. She’s

intense in a way that she

really wants to do well in

anything that she does. You

have to shoot for perfection,

because if there’s one

time that something was

wrong, it could be a goal.

And that’s going to happen.

Nobody’s ever going to be

perfect, but she shoots for

it.”

Whenever the season

starts up again, the Trevians

will be ready for no

matter what the schedule

throws at them.


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girls soccer preview

Regina excited for upcoming season

Michael Wojtychiw

Sports Editor

Regina is coming off of

one of its more successful

seasons, one where it won

a conference title and have

the Girls Catholic Athletic

Conference’s White Division

Player of the Year.

Despite falling short in

the regional final to Willows,

the Panthers season

was seen as a success and

one that was only going to

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help lead to better things

in 2020. And it was looking

that way. Regina lost

only two seniors, each

had seen some time in the

starting lineup, so bringing

back pretty much the

entire lineup is something

that excites the third-year

coach even if she doesn’t

know when the season

will start thanks to the

coronavirus pandemic

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April 7.

This year’s squad features

six seniors, five of

whom Bak says will be

for-sure starters when the

season starts.

“My role has shifted

dramatically from not being

able to do as much as I

could last year,” said Bak,

who is eight months pregnant.

“What having that

leadership does for us is it

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promotes the same culture

that Regina does where

everybody is a leader and

everybody has a role and

everybody has a responsibility

to each other.

“They know Regina

prides itself on the leaders

that it helps cultivate and

develop throughout the

four years of school there

and just try to do the same.

Giving them opportunity

to coach, to set up drills to

lead culturally, to lead in

demos, to lead and keeping

things at game speed.

We’re there for guidance

and counsel but we really

do rely heavily on them to

set the tone, set the pace,

set the energy for everybody

else.”

Two of the key senior

leaders will be Kathleen

Rabbitt and Lilly Rausch,

who were key forces offensively

to the Panther

attack last season. Te two

both had double-digit

goals and combined to

score over 25 goals on the

season.

Rausch, who earned

the conference’s Player of

the Year honor, also was

named to 22nd Century

Media’s Team 22 First

Team and earned All-

Sectional honors. To say

it was a breakout year for

the now-senior would be

an understatement.

Despite winning numerous

honors and winning

conference, Bak doesn’t

feel as if her team feels

any pressure coming into

the season.

“I think the girls thrive

in the excitement of the

opportunity that’s in front

of them,” she said. “They

get really energized by

doing everything they can

to hold onto that conference

title, especially in the

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REGINA 2020 GIRLS SOCCER ROSTER

Margaret Clancy Meghan Martens

Kendall Maloney Nora Clancy

Kirka Kallioras

Grace Kelly

Danielle Morales Anelise Leahy

Bella Nunez

Kathleen Rabbitt

Eva Nehring

Lilly Rausch

Muriel Reese

Grace Steffen

Mary Storino

*Madeline Lunt

Sophia Watson

*Marie Maranto

Maura Heneghan

Vicky Mando

*Latrisha Taylor

Maeve Newton

*Christina Sopkikotis

Laura Strenk

*Layla Hajdarovic

Kate Stieve

*Anais Martinez

Lexi Facchini

*Ashlyn Foley

Maeve Gibbons *Jane Keenan

Madison Maloney * Practice Player

community that they felt

together should preserve

it and, and go fight for it.”

This year’s squad will

be a bit different than

most, especially for Regina,

as the squad includes

32 players. Twenty-four

players and eight practice

players.

“We’re super excited

because last year we just

carried 23 or 24 so it was a

humongous growth for us

year over year,” Bak said.

“I think the practice

player, in our minds, is

going to be somebody

who is present with us every

day. They won’t travel

with us, but they’ll be at

every home game, every

practice. And their challenge

and an opportunity

in front of them is really

to learn from the upperclass

girls and some of the

high-performing freshmen

that we have. So that

next year when we graduate

six seniors, all of a

sudden kind of the flood

gates open if they stick

with it and really commit

to getting better.”

Bak will be looking

for four of the team’s

six freshmen to step up,

namely Eva Nehring, Muriel

Reese, Mary Storino

and Sophia Watson. Those

four will join players like

three-sport star Laura Strenk

as more sparkplugs

to the offense, while

Vicky Mando returns as

the team’s starting goalie.

For the first time, at

least in Bak’s tenure, the

Panthers will head out of

state to play in a tournament.

The team is scheduled

to play in a tournament

in Waukesha, Wis.

at the Laura Moynihan

Tournament.

“It’s a great opportunity

and exposure for the

girls,” Bak said. “We have

such an exciting group

that we thought it would

be good for exposure, to

different teams and different

squads.

“The teams that we’re

playing would be about

the same size, maybe a

little bit bigger than Regina.

A number of Catholic

schools would be there.

And I think we just really

wanted the experience for

the kids to do an overnight

together thinking again

about the special kind of

bond that they all have.”

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IHSA sets tentative return date

Michal Dwojak

Contributing Sports Editor

The IHSA is planning on

resuming spring sports by

March 30, but that’s not a

certain date.

The high school sports

organization announced

all spring sports practices

and games are prohibited

until March 30 because of

COVID-19 concers and

the group hopes to resume

play by the date, according

to a press release. The

IHSA admitted that state

governmental, educational

and health bodies will

need to approve the action

as the date draws closer.

It admitted it is too soon

to say that play will definitely

resume on March 30.

“During this time of

mandated closure, the

IHSA does not believe it

is necessary or prudent

for any number of students

to gather for workouts,

regardless of how

those students gather or

whether any IHSA rule is

broken by said gathering,”

the release reads. “That

includes informal/playerled

practices or any type

of instructional session.

National, state, and local

governmental leaders are

clear: To help our country

slow the spread of this

pandemic, the best thing

society can do is limit its

interaction with one another,

so, despite how difficult

this may be, the IHSA

strongly recommends students,

parents, and nonschool

coaches/trainers

follow this advice. Doing

so could ultimately end up

salvaging the spring sports

season.”

The IHSA also announced

it isn’t sure

whether or not the spring

state tournaments will take

place as they are scheduled

or be extended to June or

July.

Spring athletes cannot

compete for their club

teams during this break but

players can gather to practice

as long as the school

or coach is not officially

organizing the gathering.

Athletes can also have

personal lessons during

this time and seniors will

not be given an extra year

of eligibility — they have

eight semesters once they

start ninth grade.

New Trier extends athletics

postponement into April

Michael Wojtychiw

Sports Editor

New Trier announced

Friday, March 20, that it

will be further postponing

athletic events until at

least April 14.

The New Trier athletics

twitter account posted the

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“Updated Information:

All athletic practices,

competitions, team travel,

banquets, and parent

meetings, have been cancelled

until further notice.

The earliest we will

resume athletic activities

will be April 14, 2020.”

The previois expected

date of continuance was

March 30.

On Thursday, March

19, the school posted on

its website that it would

continue E-Learning

through that same date.

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Travel basketball teams raise money for charity

Alexa Burnell

Freelance Reporter

Members of Hot Shot Sports

travel basketball teams recently

put their athleticism toward a

good cause during their second

annual “Free Throw-a-Thon,”

resulting in over $20,000 raised

for the Ronald McDonald House

Charities.

The teams participating included

The Storm (Wilmette,

Winnetka and Glencoe Park

District travel basketball teams,

grades 4-6), New Trier Girls

Feeder (grades 7 and 8), the

Winnetka Hawks (Winnetka

Park District boys travel teams,

grades 4-6) and the Glencoe Fire

Basketball teams (grades 4-6).

For Hot Shots owner Steve

Duman, the act of charity reflects

his belief that coaches should

impact their athletes both on and

off the court.

“In 10 years, these kids may

not remember me but I believe

that they will remember the lessons

they learned about giving

back to others,” Duman said. “I

hope they’ll look back on their

experience, realizing how their

good deeds benefit others who

are going through a difficult

time.”

For more than 40 years, Ronald

McDonald House Charities

has supported children and families

through the Ronald McDonald

House, Ronald McDonald

Family Room and Ronald Mc-

Donald Care Mobile programs.

Ronald McDonald House Charities

of Chicagoland and Northwest

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an independent not-for-profit

501(c)(3) organization whose

mission is to care for families

of children with complex medical

needs by providing comfort,

compassion, and a sense of

community.

During the free-throw competitions,

athletes were challenged

to throw as many shots

as possible during a two-minute

time period. Prior to the

competition, young athletes approached

friends, family, business

owners and more, asking

for sponsorships and pledges.

Glencoe’s Ava Feinberg won

first place for The Storm and her

teammates Lila Scott of Glencoe

and Margaret Fitzgerald of Kenilworth

tied for second place.

All there girls collectively agreed

that the experience taught them

how their passion for basketball

can easily be combined with acts

of charity and kindness.

Kenilworth’s Chloe Mangel,

also on Team Storm, was particularly

moved by the opportunity,

sharing that, “I’m so proud to be

part of this team and know that

together we can change someone

else’s life for the better. I

absolutely loved the experience

and I can’t wait to do more good

deeds.”

Wilmette’s Paige Campolieto,

a student at Highcrest Middle

School and player for The Storm,

echoed Mangel’s sentiments, adding,

“It feels really good to know

we can give back and reminds us

how important it is to think of others

in our communities.”

For Beatrice Franklin, of Winnetka,

the experience of promoting

a good cause and enlisting

sponsors was very rewarding.

“I reached out to my family

and friends nearby and I also

sent out an email and a link to all

my relatives, explaining our important

mission to help the Ronald

McDonald House.” Franklin

shared.

Lastly, top-earner Noah

Quicksilver, a student at the

Skokie school in Winnetka, said

he participated because, “I felt

it was important to help raise

awareness and money for the

families of sick children. I’m

glad I was able to participate in

such a great cause.

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Thon,” which raised money for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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Girls Soccer Preview

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New Trier looking for another deep postseason run

Michael Wojtychiw

Sports Editor

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1st-and-3

Three SPRING teams

TO WATCH OUT FOR

1. New Trier girls

lacrosse (above).

The Trevians

won their first

IHSA state

title by taking

down defending

state champion

Hinsdale Central

in the state title

game. They return

a number of key

players in 2020.

2. New Trier boys

lacrosse. The

Trevians swept

the lacrosse titles

after the boys

overcame over

a two-hour rain

delay to also win

their first IHSA

state title.

3. Loyola boys

water polo. The

Ramblers made it

to the conference

title game last

year and were

the sectional’s

top seed before

being upset in the

sectional semifinal.

New Trier is on one of

the more impressive runs

in Illinois high school girls

soccer history. After playing

in five consecutive state

title games, the Trevians

made it to the state’s final

four yet again last season,

this time taking third place

with a win over Lyons. In

fact, the last time the Trevians

haven’t played at

North Central College’s

Benedetti-Wehril Stadium

was 2013.

The coronavirus pandemic

has a potential

chance of ending the streak

depending on when the

season will start, if it starts,

but that hasn’t ruined coach

Jim Burnside’s excitement

for this year’s team.

“We’re a lot more experienced,”

he said. “The

number of years of experience

we have this year

compared to last year, it is

amazing. And our ability to

start teaching further down

the line, rather than teaching

new people, you’re

teaching people who’ve

been through it before. It’s

exciting to be able to teach

a little bit at a ... coach a

little bit at a higher pace.

“This group of kids has

grown so much and worked

so hard. They’re just ready

and eager to get on the field

and play.”

A big difference between

this year’s squad and the

New Trier’s Mia Sedgwick will be a key part in the Trevians’ attack this season. 22nd Century Media File photo

2019 team is the experience,

especially on the

defensive backline. Last

year’s team had to face

losing multi-year starters,

including Sydney Parker

who was off to play at De-

Paul University and won

numerous Player of the

Year awards.

This year, however, is a

different story as the Trevians

return an experienced

squad led by Miami (Ohio)

University commit Heidi

Bianucci, Ava Shah and

Naya Rhee. Rhee and Shah

saw time as freshmen last

year, helping them gain

valuable experience that

they’ll be able to use.

It’s a couple of the players

who didn’t get a lot of

playing time that have really

impressed Burnside

this year.

“You go down the (roster),

and this is interesting

to say, all of them [really

Please see Soccer, 27

New Trier Girls Soccer Roster

Wynne Hague

Anna Marshall

Courtney Charchut Ava Shah

Alex Wirth

Heidi Bianucci

Juliette Lana

Caroline Faurot

Erin McNally

Sadie-Grace Richardson

Jenna Birdsell

Naya Rhee

Caroline Finnigan Emma Weaver

Julia Fay

Morgan Fagan

Elizabeth Marquardt Maggie Gifford

Mia Sedgwick

Grace Walker

Alex Lampe

Ceci Troglia

Kendall Sierens Lauren Caldwell

Listen Up

“To be 100 percent honest, I did not view

Courtney in any way, shape or form as being a

first year (starter).”

Jim Burnside — New Trier soccer coach on his team’s

starting goalie, Courtney Charcut.

tunE in

What to watch this week

As all local games are canceled to help limit the

spread of the coronavirus, we suggest binge watching

ESPN 30 for 30 documentaries! Be back soon.

Index

29 - Postponement Updates

27 - Athlete of the Week

Fastbreak is compiled by Sports Editor Michael

Wojtychiw, m.wojtychiw@22ndcenturymedia.com.


The Wilmette Beacon | March 26, 2020 | WilmetteBeacondaily.com

Leaders return New Trier returns key

players in 2020, Page 31

FUN TIMES AHEAD

Regina girls soccer ready for

upcoming season, Page 28

Local basketball

teams host ‘Free

Throw-a-Thon’ for

Ronald McDonald

House Charities,

Page 30

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